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article imagePeyton Manning falters as Broncos lose to Falcons

By Marina Todic     Sep 18, 2012 in Sports
Peyton Manning threw interceptions on Denver's first three possessions, and the Broncos could not recover from the poor start in a 27-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, handing Manning his first regular-season defeat since Dec. 5, 2010.
In a game that turned out to last 3-hours, 27-minutes and many questionable decisions from replacement officials and long clock stoppages, Denver (1-1) had turnovers on four on its first five possessions, but the Falcons (2-0) didn't put the game away until they converted a third down with 2 minutes remaining and ran out the clock.
The NFL's only four-time MVP, completed 24 of 37 for 241 yards, one touchdown, the three picks and a 58.5 passer rating.
Matt Ryan finished the game completing 24 of 36 for 219 yards, two touchdowns and a 101.5 passer rating.
The Broncos got a big boost from running back Willis McGahee, who finished with 113 yards on 22 carries. McGahee scored two 2-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter as Manning tried to rally Denver from a 20-point deficit.
Demaryius Thomas finished with 78 yards receiving on eight catches, including a 17-yard TD that cut the lead to 20-7 with 6 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Broncos' franchise dropped to 7-26 in Monday road games and Manning dropped to 11-4 on Monday's.
The Falcons snapped a six-game losing streak on Mondays and improved to 1-4 under coach Mike Smith.
Atlanta hadn't won on a Monday since Dec. 12, 2005 against New Orleans.
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