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Broncos not helping Peyton Manning as Steelers lead at halftime

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is 11-of-22 passing for 99 yards in the first half against the Steelers. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

DENVER -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, in his first start since Nov. 15, finished the first half of the AFC divisional round game 11-of-22 passing for 99 yards.

The Broncos have not been doing much to help Manning as the Pittsburgh Steelers have a 10-9 lead at halftime. The Broncos dropped six passes in the opening half -- two by wide receiver Bennie Fowler, two by wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, one by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and one by running back C.J. Anderson.

The Broncos left plenty of yardage on the table with the drops, with Anderson's drop and one of Sanders' drops standing out. But the Broncos offense has struggled with this issue throughout the season with 31 dropped passes for the regular season. Thomas had 17 dropped passes during the regular season. The Broncos were just 1-of-8 in third-down conversions in the opening half.