The Broncos tied the game with their first scoring drive of the afternoon, a 5-play, 59-yard march that quarterback Peyton Manning capped off with a touchdown pass to wide open wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
With that touchdown, Manning is now tied with Dan Marino for second all-time in career touchdown passes with 420.
After a 5-yard run by running back Willis McGahee on the first play of the drive, Manning looked deep to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who made a leaping grab over the middle for a 32-yard gain that put the ball on the Carolina 22-yard line. The catch gives Thomas a league-leading 13 receptions of at least 25-plus yards.
Following a short run by McGahee and a 9-yard completion to tight end Joel Dreessen, Manning’s touchdown to Stokley finished the drive.