Manning named Broncos' starting QB for divisional round


Peyton Manning is back as the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback. 

The Broncos confirmed Manning will get the starting nod over Brock Osweiler for their divisional-round game playoff game on January 17.

Manning, who had not played since November 15 because of a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, entered last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers in place of Osweiler in the third quarter.

He led Denver on an 80-yard scoring drive to take the lead. The Broncos eventually prevailed 27-20 to clinch the top seed in the AFC.

Osweiler - 5-2 as a starter in place of Manning this season - will return to his backup role.

However, head coach Gary Kubiak can rest easier knowing he has a capable backup should Manning, 39, get injured or struggle as he did earlier in the season.