Broncos suffer first loss

  • Last Updated: October 21 2013, 9:21 BST

Denver Broncos saw their perfect start to the season come crashing down to leave division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs as the only undefeated team.

Andrew Luck: Threw for three touchdowns and ran in for another score
Andrew Luck: Threw for three touchdowns and ran in for another score

Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran in for another score to outshine former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning as Indianapolis claimed a 39-33 victory over the Broncos.

Manning may have been looking to make a statement against the side that released him in March 2012, but made several uncharacteristic mistakes and the Colts took advantage.

The Colts succeeded in scoring their 39 points despite no rusher going over 37 yards and no receiver going beyond 50 yards, while there was late concern as Reggie Wayne left the game in the fourth quarter with a potentially serious knee injury.

This game turned in the second quarter, when Colts defensive end Robert Mathis crashed into Manning deep in Broncos territory, forcing a fumble that led to a safety.

It proved to be a Catalyst for the Colts who scored next 21 points, during which time Manning went five of 12 for 36 yards.

The lead was increased to 36-17 in the fourth quarter before the Broncos produced a spirited rally.

Manning led the Broncos on a three play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took 48 seconds off the clock early in the fourth quarter, then scored another touchdown minutes later after a fumble by Colts running back Trent Richardson.

However, the Broncos never got it closer than six points with a Ronnie Hillman fumble inside the Colts' 5-yard-line all but scuppering late in the fourth quarter.


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