Peyton Manning proves human, throws first interception of season, Broncos win anyway
We were starting to wonder if it was ever going to happen, but it finally did.
With nine seconds left in the third quarter of the game between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw a deep pass to his left in the general direction of Eric Decker, and the throw was intercepted by Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne.
It was Manning’s first pick of the season, and it came after he had thrown for 20 touchdowns and rushed for his first touchdown since 2008. (GIF below via SBNation.)
The pick to the oft-maligned Claiborne snapped Manning’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception, which means that he doesn’t even hold the Broncos’ team record. And if you guessed that the record was held by John Elway, you would be wrong — Jake Plummer (yes, Jake Plummer!) threw 229 straight passes without a pick in 2005. Tom Brady, Manning’s longtime arch nemesis, has the NFL record with 358 straight pick-less throws in a run that spanned the 2010 and ’11 seasons.
And while that was happening, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was setting a new Cowboys franchise record with over 500 passing yards, and throwing a late interception to facilitate a 51-48 win for the Broncos.