(DENVER) — Down 21-14 after the third quarter, the Denver Broncos scored 31 fourth-quarter points as they ended up rolling past the Washington Redskins, 45-21.
Peyton Manning threw three interceptions and lost a fumble but also threw four touchdown pass, three in the fourth quarter, to help lead the Broncos to victory.
“Well, it’s disappointing,” Manning said of the turnovers. “There’s no question, because you feel like you put your defense in a tough spot. Those guys had a great game plan and executed it and all of a sudden we’re down 21-7. The defense had not given up 21 points, they’d given up I guess seven. The offense had really, we really put our team in a tough spot. You do feel – I don’t think frustrated is the word. I think determined is the word, to overcome those mistakes. And you don’t do it by pressing and forcing things, you do it by going about your business and doing your job. I thought we did that and that was good to see.”
The Denver defense forced five Washington turnovers, as the Redskins lost in head coach Mike Shanahan’s return to Denver.
“It’s very easy to get kind of fired up, especially coming back here and wanting to win the football game,” Shanahan said. “That’s why it’s disappointing when you have the opportunity there in the third quarter and you don’t take advantage of those opportunities.”
Robert Griffin III threw for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury. After the game, Griffin said the knee was fine.
Washington (2-5), who won 45-41 against Chicago last weekend, still hasn’t won two games in a row this season.
Denver (7-1) remains a game behind Kansas City in the loss column for first place in the AFC West.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN