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Peyton Manning did exactly what he needed to do against the Steelers

Manning the game manager showed up today, and that's all we needed.

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We have been speculating all week about how Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would look during today's game. Would his foot bother him? Would he commit all these turnovers? Would he go one and done? All those questions were answered tonight.

Manning looked poised, he took control of the offense, he protected the ball and was moving the Broncos offense. He was the "game manager" we all hoped to see all season.

He didn't look great by any means, but he didn't look nearly as bad as he did at times during the season. He completed 21 of 37 passes for 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The Broncos had 7 or 8 drops throughout the game which made the game a lot closer than it really should have been. Most importantly, Manning played his first full game of the 2015-2016 season where he didn't throw an interception.

This is the performance I wanted to see from Manning. It's doubtful we'll ever see him throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns ever again. We need him to be good enough, move the football, and protect the football. Let C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman pound the ball, and let the Broncos defense dominate the game. Keep it low scoring, and let Manning work his magic when he needs too.

That third and long pass to Bennie Fowler was the game changing moment in my eyes. The Broncos offense was struggling moving the ball, with drops and converting third downs. That catch provided a spark to the offense and the fans. That lead to the Broncos pounding the ball in with C.J. Anderson to take the lead.

If Manning and the offense can score touchdowns instead of field goals in the red zone, continue to not turn the ball over, and play lights out defense, we're advancing to the Super Bowl.

Go Broncos!