Broncos dominate, hand Packers 1st loss of 2015

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Game story

DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Broncos found some offense to go with all that defense, powering their way past the Green Bay Packers 29-10 Sunday night.
 
In only the fourth meeting of teams 6-0 or better, Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre's NFL record with his 186th regular-season win and Denver's defense rattled Aaron Rodgers into one of the worst games of his career.
 
Wearing the blue jerseys they did in beating the Packers for their first Super Bowl win in 1997, the Broncos piled it on in the fourth quarter, when DeMarcus Ware sacked Rodgers and the ball ended up in the end zone for a safety.
 
The Broncos improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1998, when they won the Super Bowl after finishing 14-2.
 
The Packers (6-1) fell from the unbeaten ranks, throttled not only by the league's stingiest defense but by a quarterback who finally looked like a five-time MVP and not a creaky 39-year-old learning a new system.
 
Although neither quarterback threw for a touchdown, Manning threw for 340 yards on 21 of 29 passing. Rodgers of 14 of 22 for just 77 yards -- the lowest of his career in a game where he wasn't knocked out by injury.
 
Rodgers was sacked three times and the Packers had just 140 yards of total offense to Denver's 500.
 
Any more questions about the Broncos' worthiness as a contender or even an unbeaten?
 
Hillman ran for two touchdowns and when he was on the sideline with a sore thigh, Anderson ran through a defense missing Clay Matthews for a 28-yard score, his first of the season, to put Denver up by two TDs late in the third quarter.
 
Both Matthews and Hillman returned the next series.
 
Anderson ran for 101 yards and Hillman 60, and Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 168 yards.
 
Also making a sudden appearance in Denver's offense were the tight ends -- as targets. Freed up from blocking with the offensive line meshing like it hadn't all season, they gave Manning an option over the middle he'd been missing since losing Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme to free agency.
 
Virgil Green caught three catches for 61 yards and Owen Daniels had three for 44.
 
Manning had 212 yards passing to Rodgers' 37 in the first half, but the Broncos had eight penalties for 69 yards to Green Bay's one flag for 5, so Green Bay only trailed 17-7 at the half.
 
Mason Crosby's 56-yard field goal on the first drive after the break pulled the Packers to within a touchdown.

Postgame

4th Quarter

Denver 29, Green Bay 10
Richard Rodgers recovers fumble in his own end zone

Denver 27, Green Bay 10
McManus 24 yd FG

3rd Quarter

Denver 24, Green Bay 10
Anderson 23 yd TD run

Denver 17, Green Bay 10
Crosby 56 yd FG

2nd Quarter

Denver 17, Green Bay 7
Lacy 2 yd TD run

Denver 17, Green Bay 0
McManus 50 yd FG

Denver 14, Green Bay 0
Hillman 15 yd TD run

1st Quarter

Denver 7, Green Bay 0
Hillman 1 yd TD run

Pregame blog

Pregame story

The storylines are set for tonight's Packers-Broncos showdown.

Undefeated teams. Two possible Hall-of-Famers at quarterback, one in his prime, the other faltering in perhaps his final season.

Two outstanding defenses. One, the best in the game at not allowing points. The other, the best in the game at not allowing yards.

Two teams with many question marks, who may not be the best in football despite their record.

The Sunday Night lights, with America watching. The high-altitude of Colorado.

To paraphrase the NBC Sunday Night Football theme, this is a game worth waiting for.

Yet remember, it's not Super Bowl 49.5.  There are 10 games to play in the regular season, and three full months before Super Bowl 50 happens.

It's possible this game could produce football's world champion.  Or not.

Still, there are scintillating stories to tell as we wait for kickoff.

Tonight is the kind of game that shows you what kind of team you really have.  We'll find out a lot.

Stay tuned.

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