Peyton Manning remained unbeaten in his NFL rivalry against younger brother Eli, throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday to lead the Denver Broncos over the New York Giants 41-23.
As their former NFL quarterback father Archie Manning watched, Peyton took his third triumph in as many tries over Eli, although the elder sibling’s first two came when he played for Indianapolis instead of the Broncos.
“I think both of us are glad that it’s over with,” Peyton Manning said.
“Not many other players have to go through it, so you can’t ask too many people for advice. It’s strange circumstances. Good team win — just a unique situation,” he said.
Denver’s Manning completed 30 of 43 passes, while teammate Knowshon Moreno ran for touchdowns of 20 yards and 25 yards. Trindon Holliday returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown for the visiting Broncos.
Eli Manning, who has two Super Bowl titles to only one for Peyton, went 28 of 49 for 362 yards, but was picked off four times after being intercepted only 15 times in all of last season.
Peyton, five years older than Eli at 37, expressed doubt that he would see another brother matchup unless it comes in the Super Bowl.
“Post-season is one thing, but I don’t think I will make it to the next regular season one,” he said.
In Seattle, a severe lightning storm caused a one-hour delay in the first quarter, but hosts the Seahawks shook off the unexpected stoppage to rout the San Francisco 49ers 29-3, with Marshawn Lynch running for two touchdowns and catching a pass for another.
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Joe Flacco missed the birth of his second child to spark reigning NFL champions the Baltimore Ravens to a 14-6 home victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Flacco’s wife, Dana, gave birth to the couple’s second son about an hour before the kickoff. Flacco, who signed a six-year deal worth US$120.6 million in March, was told as he was warming up for the contest.
Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 211 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown, while Bernard Pierce scored on a five-yard touchdown run as the Ravens beat the Browns for the 11th time in a row.
Aaron Rodgers matched Matt Flynn’s one-game record with 480 passing yards, completing 34 of 42 throws, including four for touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 38-20 rout of the visiting Washington Redskins.
Rookie E.J. Manuel flipped a touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with two seconds remaining to give hosts the Buffalo Bills a 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers, while Martellus Bennett caught a touchdown pass with 10 seconds to play to give hosts the Chicago Bears a 31-30 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings.
Nick Novak kicked the winning field goal with seven seconds remaining to lift the San Diego Chargers over hosts the Philadelphia Eagles 33-30. Philip Rivers completed 36 of 47 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns for San Diego.
The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 2-0 under new coach Andy Reid, matching their win total for all of last season, by edging the Dallas Cowboys 17-16.
Matt Ryan connected on 33 of 43 throws for 374 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with Julio Jones catching 11 of them for 182 yards, as the Atlanta Falcons downed the St Louis Rams 31-24.
Houston’s Matt Schaub threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns, the last a one-yard flip to DeAndre Hopkins, to give host the Texans a 30-24 overtime victory over the Tennessee Titans.