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NFL: Denver 45, Washington 21

  |   Oct. 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM
DENVER, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Peyton Manning shook off a slow start Sunday and threw four touchdown passes -- three in the fourth quarter -- in the Denver Broncos' 45-21 win over Washington.

The Broncos trailed 21-14 after three quarters, but Manning uncorked three scoring strikes in the fourth and Denver pulled away.

The NFL's leading passer completed 30-for-44 passes for 354 yards, hooking up with Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas and Joel Dreessen on late TD tosses while overcoming three interceptions and lost a fumble.

The Broncos (7-1) used the triumph to stay within one game of Kansas City (8-0) in the AFC West.

Robert Griffin III managed to make good on 15-of-30 pass attempts for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Redskins (2-5).

Washington head Coach Mike Shanahan lost in his return to Denver, where he led the Broncos for 14 seasons and won two Super Bowls before being fired in 2008.

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