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October 28, 2013

Broncos blast Redskins

DENVER — In all those years roaming the sidelines in Denver, Mike Shanahan never saw one get so ugly, so fast.

Not surprisingly, Peyton Manning had a hand in turning Shanahan’s homecoming sour.

After being showered with applause, then staked to a two-touchdown lead, the Broncos’ old coach watched Manning and the Broncos score the last 38 points Sunday in a come-from-behind 45-21 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Manning overcame four turnovers and threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, as the Broncos came back from a 21-7 deficit early in the third quarter. Manning hit the halfway point of the season with 2,919 yards — most through eight games in NFL history.

Ahead by those two touchdowns after Manning threw a pick-6 to DeAngelo Hall when receiver Demaryius Thomas fell on an out route, Shanahan squinted into the sunlight, rolled-up game plan in hand, and looked at a familiar sight on the scoreboard in Denver — his team comfortably ahead as the sun began to set over the Rockies.

Things changed quickly, though.

Manning led the Broncos (7-1) on a 75-yard scoring drive to make it 21-14, the key play coming when Knowshon Moreno ran for 5 yards on fourth-and-2 from the Washington 22.

Then, after the defense forced a punt, it was Manning picking and poking again, moving Denver 83 yards in 16 plays for the tying score, a 1-yard pass to Joel Dreessen on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Robert Griffin III threw three straight incompletions and Sav Rocca followed by shanking a punt 15 yards. On the next play, Manning gave Denver a 28-21 lead with a screen pass Moreno took in for a 35-yard touchdown.

Von Miller ended the next drive with a sack and forced fumble to give Denver a field goal and a 10-point lead, and Washington (2-5) never got closer.

The rest had all the makings of a routine runaway for the Broncos, who knocked Griffin out of the game late with an injured left knee, then got their final touchdown when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off backup Kirk Cousins and returned it 75 yards.

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