Sports Authority Field at Mile High roared in excitement on Sunday night. Peyton Manning returned to the field and led his Denver Broncos to a 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers.
With a New England Patriots loss and a Kansas City Chiefs win earlier in the day, the Broncos had the opportunity to earn the number one seed with a win or fall to the number five seed with a loss.
Cornerback Aqib Talib felt the energy in Denver as Manning marched on to the field. “It lifted the whole stadium, it lifted the O-line, the O-line got with it,” the Broncos cornerback said.
Brock Osweiler showed the respect for his team and coach backing the teams decision to change quarterbacks.
Osweiler stated, “As long as this football team wins games, that’s all I care about, and that’s the truth. … As long as this football team is winning games, shoot, I don’t care who’s playing quarterback.”
Head coach Gary Kubiak now has two weeks to make the difficult decision of who will be his starting quarterback in the playoffs.
In his press conference this Monday morning, Kubiak stated, “I’ve got nothing for you today. . . . I have no timeline,” in regards to the quarterback decision.
Manning may not be the same quarterback he once was, but it will be hard for Kubiak to not name him the starting quarterback for the playoffs due to the pressure of his players and the fans.
Peyton Manning can spark this Broncos football team unlike any other player on this roster, but we will have to wait two weeks until we see who is taking the snaps under center in Denver.