The previously undefeated Broncos had a tough time protecting their star quarterback in the pocket and Manning was routinely pressured by a Colts pass rush that just kept coming. Manning threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Broncos from losing their first game of the year.
Indianapolis pass-rusher Robert Mathis, who was Manning’s teammate when he was still a Colt, learned one very important thing about Peyton while they were both in Indy. "No quarterback likes to be hit," Mathis said. "Especially him."
After the game, Manning was able to reflect on his return to Indianapolis.
"It's kind of hard to prepare for because it's a unique situation," Manning said. "But I certainly prepared hard during the week and prepared hard to play the game as far as my study and preparation was the same. I had some advice from folks to take that moment and appreciate that little tribute there, but I don't feel it was a distraction by any means."
Even though things didn’t work out on Sunday, the veteran quarterback is hoping to have another opportunity to take on his former team.
"Hopefully we'll have a chance to play them again, in the playoffs,'' Manning said. "That's a long way off and there's a lot to do before then, but I certainly see them in the playoffs. This is just a game we need to learn from.''
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