Coming out of halftime, wide receiver Eric Decker saw to it that the momentum remained in the Broncos’ favor.
On the team’s first possession of the second half, Decker moved the chains with a 15-yard catch. Two Knowshon Moreno carries later, the third-year wideout was in the end zone on a 51-yard catch-and-run.
The score gave Denver a 24-3 second-half lead.
“We were hitting some outs and some intermediate routes and we thought it was time to maybe send something down the field,” quarterback Peyton Manning recalled after the game. “They have good cover guys inside and anytime you’re playing against good cover guys, you have to give them a mix. You have to give them the short, the intermediate and the deep stuff. It was a double move by Eric — a good route and good protection.”
Manning spoke fondly of Decker’s outing. He matched a career high for the second consecutive week with eight receptions. His 133 receiving yards were just 3 shy of tying a career-best in that category as well.
“We spent extra time this week just making sure we played a physical game, because that’s what these guys are, they’re very physical,” Decker said. “They have a stout defense. Offensively they can be explosive. I thought overall we played a good game.”
“We made plays when we had the opportunity.”
Of Decker’s eight catches, five moved the chains for Denver and a sixth was the touchdown.
“Decker made a lot of great plays today for us,” wide receiver Brandon Stokley said.