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Manning successful in Denver debut, 31-19

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Denver. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
By Arnie Stapleton
AP Pro Football Writer / September 9, 2012
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DENVER—Peyton Manning made a successful NFL return from a year's sabbatical, leading the Broncos past the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 in his Denver debut Sunday night.

The four-time MVP coming off four neck surgeries completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

He got a big assist from another free agent, cornerback Tracy Porter, whose 43-yard interception return of Ben Roethlisberger's pass with 2 minutes left sealed the win.

Manning, jettisoned by the Indianapolis Colts in March after missing all of last season with a nerve injury that weakened his throwing arm, hit Demaryius Thomas with a 71-yard touchdown toss for his first score as a Bronco. It was his 400th career TD toss.

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