Osweiler completed 14 of 22 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions before he was replaced. Denver trailed 13–7 at the time of the switch.
With Manning under center, the Broncos outscored San Diego 20–7 on the way to a 27–20 victory. Denver leaned more heavily on the running game with Manning on the field. He completed five of nine passes for 69 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
“We’ll sit down,” head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after the game. “We’ll make a decision that's best for the football team and we’ll be counting on everybody to continue to do their part.”
Sunday was the first time Manning was active on gameday since injuring his plantar fascia, and the first time he was a backup in his 18-year NFL career.
- Dan Gartland