EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: Tunning back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos scores a rushing touchdown during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
KUSA - Much like the season-opener, the Denver Broncos' offense needed a half Sunday to get primed before rolling to a 41-23 victory against the New York Giants.
Peyton bested Eli in the battle of the Manning brothers, as the elder Peyton improved to 3-0 in the brotherly matchup. Peyton finished 30-of-43, passing for 307 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Eli struggled and threw four picks (two in the end zone); he was 28-of-49 for 362 yards passing and one TD.
"It's a strange feeling," Peyton said of beating his brother. "It's not as enjoyable. ... Both of us are glad it's over with."
The two chatted before the game for a bit, then shook hands after the game.
"We chatted for 10 minutes, nothing specific, just brotherly talk," Eli said. "After that, there wasn't a whole lot of brotherly interaction."
The Broncos' defense was making play after play despite being whistled for a number of penalties. On the Giants' first TD drive, the Broncos were called for four penalties.
In the Broncos' opener against Baltimore, the Ravens led 17-10 at halftime before Manning's passing clinic in the second half led to a 49-27 win.
In two games, Manning is 57-of-85 passing for 769 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. According to the Broncos, Manning is the first player in NFL history to have nine TD passes and no interceptions through the first two weeks of the season.
The last time Denver scored 40 or more points in consecutive games was 1976 with 46 points against the Jets - and 44 against the Browns.
"We knew it was going to be tough," Broncos coach John Fox said. "Coming off the type of loss they had against Dallas, we knew we were going to get their A-game and we did."
Sunday, after the Giants pulled within 17-16 on Brandon Jacobs' 1-yard touchdown run, the Broncos (2-0) scored three times - running, passing and special teams - in barely five minutes to break open the game for a 38-16 lead. It was capped by Trindon Holliday's 81-yard punt return.
"It was a good team victory. Holliday's return came at a critical time," Manning said. "The defense did a good job of holding them to some field goals when we weren't quite on our game offensively."
Denver's defense kept the Giants out of the end zone in the first half as New York settled for three field goals and trailed 10-9.
Knowshon Moreno had one of his best games since his rookie season in 2009 with two TDs rushing (20 and 25 yards) and finished with 93 yards on 13 carries. His best game last season was 119 yards against Oakland. It was a bit of a homecoming for the New Jersey native.
"I feel the same every game, always amped up and real emotional," Moreno said. "You just got to go out and play."
During the first drive, Manning became the third player in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards. In Sunday's game, eight Broncos caught Manning passes, led by Eric Decker with nine receptions for 87 yards. Wes Welker finished with three catches for 39 yards, including a 2-yard TD catch in the third quarter, but he dropped three passes in the first half.
"To come in here and beat a good football team on the road, hopefully we can build on that," Manning said.
The Broncos next play Sept. 23 in a Monday night game at home against the Raiders.
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