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Larry Warford

Peyton Manning throws 2 TD passes, Broncos beat Lions 24-12

Peyton Manning was cool and confident, lofting passes to teammates as if they were buddies in his backyard.

Whether it was third or fourth down, in the second or fourth quarter, the 39-year-old Manning showed he still has it.

Manning converted a fourth down with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 5 seconds left in the first half. Then he threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Owen Daniels on a third down with 2:28 remaining, lifting the Denver Broncos to a 24-12 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

He credited the coaching staff with using a pistol formation, giving him the ball in a short shotgun with a running back behind him, after he was...