Peyton Manning to start for Broncos in AFC divisional round playoff game

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. (Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning will start at quarterback for the Broncos in their AFC divisional round playoff game on Jan. 17 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the team announced Thursday.

Coach Gary Kubiak told the team of his decision at a meeting Thursday morning. Kubiak met with Manning and Brock Osweiler before the meeting, the team said on its website.

Manning replaced Osweiler in the third quarter of Sunday’s 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers that wrapped up the AFC West title and the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Broncos were trailing, 13-7, at the time and had committed five turnovers. Manning led an 80-yard drive and directed the Broncos to four scores while at quarterback.

It was the first time Manning had played since being yanked from a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 15. He had been recovering from a torn plantar fascia.

The Broncos open the playoffs against the Houston Texans, Chiefs or Pittsburgh Steelers at 2:40 p.m. Jan. 17. If they win, they would host the AFC Championship Game at 1 p.m. Jan. 24.

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