The defense did all of the celebrating. The special teams did most of the scoring. But it was Peyton Manning who quietly and matter-of-factly led the Denver Broncos to a fourth consecutive victory at the Carolina Panthers.
Manning's play in a 36-14 victory vs. the Panthers (2-7) strengthened the case for him to be the first MVP and comeback player of the year winner in the same season since the latter award was introduced in 1998.
He passed for 301 yards with a touchdown, completing 71% of his passes, as the Broncos moved to 6-3 and extended their AFC West lead to two games.