Peyton Manning did not have a pass intercepted in his first four games, and one each in his next three.
So the Denver quarterback’s three intercepted passes in Sunday’s 45-21 victory over Washington were a jolt to him.
“Well, it’s disappointing,” Manning said after the win. “There’s no question, because you feel like you put your defense in a tough spot. Those guys had a great game plan and executed it and all of the sudden we’re down, 21-7. The defense had not given up 21 points, they’d give up I guess seven. The offense had really, we really put our team in a tough spot. You do feel – I don’t think frustrated is the word. I think determined is the word, to overcome those mistakes. And you don’t do it by pressing and forcing things, you do it by going about your business and doing your job. I thought we did that and that was good to see.”
Manning made up for the miscues by throwing four touchdown passes and engineering his NFL-record 50th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is second on that list with 47.
There was a report before Sunday’s game that Manning didn’t have just one sprained ankle, as people believed last week, but two.
“I didn’t see the report,” Manning said. “I know there’s always a lot of speculation when I’m injured. So, I’m going to go on the injured report starting now under 'body' and keep me there all season.”