- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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When you engineer a colossal comeback, you tend to get noticed.
Thus, it is no surprise that the accolades are flowing in for Peyton Manning.
The Broncos announced that the NFL has named Manning the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Denver’s incredible comeback win at San Diego on Monday night. Denver was down 24-0 at halftime and won 35-24. It was the fourth time in the Super Bowl era that a team came back from at least 24 points in the second half.
Manning completed his first 13 pass attempts and threw three touchdown passes in the second half. This is the 22nd time Manning has been named the player of the week. It is a league record.
Meanwhile, Manning is atop Mike Sando’s MVP Watch this week. It is another testament to Manning’s incredible comeback. Manning, 36, missed all of last season with a neck injury that required four surgeries.
If Manning continues to play at a high level and the 3-3 Broncos win the AFC West, I could see him getting serious MVP consideration. After six weeks of the season, there is no doubt Manning has surpassed expectations and is one of the very best players in the NFL again.
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