It wasn’t a spaghetti arm or a broken-down neck.
“(It was) decision making,” Peyton Manning told reporters after Monday night’s game in Atlanta.
In 15 years, nothing compared to Manning’s turnover-riddled first quarter. Nothing could have, because nothing could’ve been worse … three interceptions in the Broncos’ first-three drives.
“Really, three poor decisions, three throws into coverage,” Manning said. “I just have to be able to eliminate those.”
On the Broncos’ opening drive, Manning missed Jacob Tamme as Falcons safety William Moore picked it off and took it to the Broncos’ 1-yard line.
On their next, Manning missed Tamme again as safety Thomas DeCoud snagged the second.
Then, with 6:55 left in the first, Manning was picked off by Robert McClain after he missed Brandon Stokley.
“Each turnover has its own story that no one really wants to hear,” he said. “I’ve just got to take care of the ball better.”
As a whole, Manning and the Broncos would settle down, as No. 18 went 24-for-37 for 241 yards with a touchdown to go along with his trio of gaffes.
But in the end, the Broncos couldn’t overcome a 20-0 hole or their four turnovers, and lost anyway 27-21.
Manning is not listed on the team’s injury report.
MHS Take: “It looked like a combination of both. I think it probably was more mental though.” – Chris Bianchi | @chrisdbianchi