The sides are now level at the top of the AFC West but this head-to-head advantage will surely reassert the Broncos’ Super Bowl credentials ahead of two mouth-watering clashes: at the New England Patriots next week and a return leg at the Chiefs in a fortnight.
Manning enjoyed plenty of protection on the way to 323 yards of passing along with a touchdown pass that helped the hosts edge out their opponents 27-17.
The New Orleans Saints enjoyed a thrilling home victory over the San Francisco 49ers with two late drives by quarterback Drew Brees setting up a pair of Garrett Hartley field goals — the second as time ran out — to push the Saints ahead 23-20.
Salt in the wound for the 49ers was the impressive performance of their divisional rivals, the Seattle Seahawks whose 41-20 win at home to the Minnesota Vikings almost has them out of reach at the top of the NFC West.
The New York Giants are now firmly back in contention for January involvement thanks to a four-game winning streak that came at the expense of the plummeting Green Bay Packers who lost their third game in a row for the first time since 2008.
Jason Pierre-Paul’s vital late interception for a touchdown secured the win in fine style, as the Giants took advantage of the Dallas Cowboys bye week with a 27-13 victory which, combined with the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory at home to Washington, tightens up the below-par NFC East. Once again, the Eagles had their quarterback Nick Foles to thank for a 24-16 win.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat AFC North rivals, the Cleveland Browns, by a convincing margin, 31 of their 41 points arriving in the second quarter.