The Broncos thrilling season-opening victory led to a GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week nomination for quarterback Peyton Manning, who played his first game in 20 months on Sunday.
Manning completed 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns to finish with a quarterback rating of 129.2. His yardage total and passer rating both were the highest by a Bronco quarterback in his debut with the team.
His first touchdown pass as a Bronco – a 71-yard screen to Demaryius Thomas – was the 400th of his career, making Manning just one of three players (Brett Favre and Dan Marino) to reach that milestone. Manning needed the fewest games and passing attempts to reach that exclusive club.
“It’s just one game,” Manning said after the win. “It’s a good start — it’s always fun to win Opening Night. What an awesome atmosphere, playing on primetime [and] the fans were rockin’.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he continued. “I know how hard I’ve worked and how many people have helped me in this process. I’m grateful, and I’m definitely appreciative of the moment and the opportunity.”
The other two nominees for the weekly award are the New York Jets, for their 48-point performance in a win over Buffalo and the Cowboys for becoming the first team to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champions on opening night since the league changed to its current opening-game format nine years ago.
Fans may vote for one of these three moments on NFL.com/gmc following Monday Night Football and ending on Friday at 1 PM MDT to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week. The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on NFL.com.
After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year, from among the 17 weekly winners. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January.