Broncos’ Manning adds rushing TD to game plan

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Peyton Manning’s streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception came to a close on Sunday, thanks to a severely underthrown ball down the left sideline.

The streak ended by Dallas’ Morris Claiborne at 226 attempts, just three shy of the Broncos’ all-time record of 229, set in 2005 by Jake Plummer.

Who ended Plummer’s streak?

The Dallas Cowboys.

“I never really got into any kind of streak,” Manning said after Denver’s 51-48 victory over the Cowboys. “We were trying to get something down the field. They were in zone coverage, and I thought I might be able to get one in there. I didn’t make a good throw and it really wasn’t a good decision.”

Despite the errant throw, Manning’s impressive start to the 2013 season continued as he shredded the Dallas defense, completing 33 of 42 pass attempts for 414 yards and four touchdowns.

The 37-year-old veteran added a rushing touchdown late in the second quarter. The score, a lumbering bootleg around the left side, was Manning’s first rushing touchdown since 2008 and the 18th of his career, tying him with his father, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning.

“The key is, you wanna [run the bootleg] about every five years or so,” Manning said. “If you do it every game, they’re going to be playing it. I’ll be retired by the time I’m able to do it again.”

The Broncos trailed by 14 points early in the game, the largest deficit they have faced in a game this season.

But Manning rallied the Broncos, outscoring Dallas 21-6 in the second quarter, shifting the momentum and giving Denver a 28-20 lead at halftime.

Wide receiver Wes Welker caught a 2-yard touchdown pass on the Broncos’ opening drive of the second half, his seventh scoring reception of the season. The touchdown gave him at least one receiving touchdown in each of the first five games, the only player in the NFL to do so thus far.

The score capped a 13-play, 67-yard drive and gave the Broncos a 15-point lead, their largest of the game.

Welker’s reception to set up the touchdown that tied the score 48-48 “might have been the catch of the game,” Manning said. “Second-and-goal on the 17, that’s not ideal. You don’t have a lot of those [plays] on your call sheet and he made a heck of a catch and got hit in tight coverage.”

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