Manning inspires Denver

  • Last Updated: September 10 2012, 6:34 BST

Peyton Manning put his 2011 nightmare behind him as he inspired Denver Broncos to a 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Peyton Manning: Reached 400 career touchdowns

Manning missed the entire 2011 campaign due to a serious nerve injury - which saw the four-time MVP undergo four operations.

That played a key part in Manning's exit from the Colts, with Indianapolis picking up rising star Andrew Luck in the draft.

However Manning has quickly settled into life at his new home at Broncos, with the 36-year-old now joining Dan Marino and Brett Favre in throwing 400 career touchdowns.

Manning reached the milestone with the first of two TD passes against the Steelers, with the veteran quarterback completing 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards.

Manning found Demaryius Thomas, who sprinted home for a 71-yard touchdown, to emulate Marino and Favre before connecting with Jacob Tamme following an 80-yard drive.

Running back Knowshon Moreno had earlier crossed for a seven-yard touchdown, while Thomas caught five passes for 111 yards and Willis McGahee carried for 63 yards.

However, it took an interception defensive back Tracy Porter in the fourth quarter to seal the win after a closely-fought contest.

The lead had swapped hands several times, before Porter intercepted Ben Roethlisberger's pass to scamper home from 43 yards out.

The intercept was a blot of Roethlisberger's copybook after he had passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns.

Heath Miller and Mike Wallace crossed for the Steelers, who had led 19-14 before the Broncos were able to edge clear.