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Peyton Manning will start in Broncos’ playoff opener

Peyton Manning celebrates winning the game over the San Diego Chargers. Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports

Peyton Manning will start for the Denver Broncos in their playoff opener, the team announced Thursday.

Manning suffered from plantar fasciitis this season, and missed six games. He replaced Brock Osweiler in the third quarter during the Broncos’ Week 17 win over the Chargers, and engineered a comeback from six points down to a 27-20 win.

The 39-year-old quarterback finished the season with 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. Osweiler had 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns, and six interceptions.

Perhaps another installment of Tom Brady vs. Manning will be in order during the AFC Championship Game.

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