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Published on 08/26/2012 at Sun Aug 26 15:04.
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Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Denver, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

This was the Peyton Manning that Denver Broncos fans have been waiting for.

The doubters who found a voice after Peyton Manning struggled in his first two preseason games in a Denver Broncos uniform have been silenced.

Manning was nearly perfect in Week Three against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 36-year-old looked to be in his prime against Jim Harbaugh‘s heralded defense, completing 10 of 12 passes (83%) for 122 yards in under one quarter of work. Two of his passes went for touchdowns to Eric Decker, while another was a beautiful 38-yard sideline bomb to Lance Ball. The Broncos scored on all three drives under Manning, gaining a 17-0 lead on the 49ers.

Manning was a perfect 8-for-8 on his two touchdown drives.

Hope Harbaugh enjoyed his “evaluation” of Manning first-hand at Sports Authority Field at Mile High today. I know I did. Are the cobwebs shaken off Broncos fans, or are you still exercising caution?

  • doomiller

    Never been nervous watching a preseason game until this year. Manning looked great. I was impressed with Mcgahee, sure doesnt run like his age. Positive outcome thats for sure.

  • areferee

    If Peyton Manning is exquisite, Caleb Hanie is excruciating!

  • Monty

    McGahee, Ball and Moreno all looked really good.

  • Monty

    Until that touchdown drive he just put together anyway.

  • Brandon Kirk

    Manning was as good as ever, Moreno was surprisingly efficient, McGahee looked like he was about 25, Doom and Gloom had a few great stops, Defense looked solid. Bring on the steelers!

  • eljbow

    I’m staying cautious, but I cannot wait for 9/9.

  • BroncoMan24

    Hey guys! Anyone know if the game today is replaying on TV? I live in Denver if that makes any difference. Been moving all day and didn’t get a chance to watch the game. Was hoping they might replay later tonight. Thanks!

  • BroncoMan24

    When is the replay on this game. I live in Denver, but had to move all day. Thanks!

  • Tim Lynch

    Caleb looked better than Brock. ;)

  • anthony33

    First team offense and defense were exceptional. For the second week in a row everything after them was pretty much patheic. This is going to be a very good squad, but not much depth. Injuries will be the key factor as to how far they go.

  • Monty

    NFL Network, 10pm MT Tuesday.

  • Doom92

    Hands down!!!

  • Doom92

    I don’t agree 100%. McGahee looked really good. Ball looked good and Moreno looked OK. For every good thing Moreno does he backs it up with something not good, not consistant at all.

  • Doom92

    Yep, thats pretty much where it is…

  • anthony33

    Doom – curious to know where you feel they have depth. Never thought I’d say this, but D-line actually appears to have a little depth, beyond that I’m not so sure.