Peyton Manning Returns, Leads Broncos To Win Over Steelers

Peyton Manning is back on the field, and the Denver Broncos notched a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

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NFL Debrief: Peyton Manning Is Back, RGIII And The 49ers Are For Real

Week 1 in the NFL is nearly in the books with 13 games down on Sunday. Recap the action from Peyton's return to RGIII lighting it up to the 49ers showing us they're for real.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, Week 1: Two Straight Season-Opening Losses For Pittsburgh

Plenty of teams have lost to the cerebral and competitive Peyton Manning. But when the Steelers lose, it's always a little more melancholy in the Steel City the day after.

Manning, making his triumphant return to the NFL after a season out of the game, led the Denver Broncos to a 31-19 win over the Steelers on Sunday Night Football in America. Manning ran the no-huddle offense effectively, his biggest completion a long TD pass to Demariyus Thomas that got the momentum for the Broncos.

The Steelers clearly missed Rashard Mendenhall and an effective running game plus depth on the offensive line, staples of team success. Playing at altitude also appeared to be a factor in the loss, writes Behind The Steel Curtain's Neal Coolong.

The Steelers were dominated at the point of attack in the running and passing games, and looked gassed, despite owning a huge advantage in time of possession.

The Steelers will try to get right in time for the New York Jets next Monday at home.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos: We Lost About A Minute Of Clock

When Mike Tomlin threw a controversial challenge flag -- he may have got it off just before the snap or he may not have -- he didn't just fail to get the play overturned. It also appears as though we lost about 50 seconds of game time. While the challenge was being reviewed, the clock continued to run on the screen and it was never adjusted. The challenge flag was throw with about 10:16 on the clock. Officials came out of the booth with 9:34 showing on the clock.


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Check the play-by-play:

1-10-PIT 18(10:45) (Shotgun) P.Manning pass short right to E.Decker to PIT 1 for 17 yards (R.Mundy). Pittsburgh challenged the first down ruling, and the play was Upheld. (Timeout #1.)
1-1-PIT 1(9:28) (Shotgun) P.Manning pass short left to J.Tamme for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

How did 1:17 run off the clock between those two plays? Don't forget that a challenge call came in as well. The play clock isn't anywhere near that long.

The clock was never adjusted, and it showed 9:23 when NBC came back from commercial for the kickoff -- following the Broncos' one play for a touchdown. So time was missing. Timing error? Graphic error? All of the above?

For more coverage of this game, be sure to check out Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain and Broncos blog Mile High Report. For all your pro football needs, stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Ben Roethlisberger Is Staring Through You

This is kind of creepy...

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Let's add one necessary block of text.

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Ah, there we go.

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Emmanuel Sanders Goes Down After Helmet-To-Helmet Hit

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was left in a heap on the turf after taking a serious blow to the head on Sunday night. Sanders was stumbling to the ground as Broncos safety Rahim Moore tried to go low, leaving both looking somewhat daze on the ground. Sanders got the worse end of it, though, and immediately clutched his head, likely signaling a concussion.

Here's the play again.

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Moore did try to go low and tried to avoid the head. But he got caught in a difficult spot when Sanders also dipped his head, leading to the helmet-to-helmet hit. Moore was flagged for the hit -- which is going to happen when heads knock -- and Sanders left the game.

Still, it's tough for Moore to do anything else here, with the game moving at full-speed and Sanders dipping down late. Neither player was in a good spot.

For more coverage of this game, be sure to check out Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain and Broncos blog Mile High Report. For all your pro football needs, stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Magnets, How Do They Work?

I'm convinced there were magnets involved in this play. It's the only way it makes sense. Ben Roethlisberger tried to throw the ball away to the sidelines, and at the same time Justin Bannan reached up, held his arm high and palmed the ball without moving.

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It reminders me of WONDER DAN, a classic GIF.

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