4th division title cures what’s ailing Manning

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4th division title cures what’s ailing Manning

Peyton Manning was just plain sick and sore.

He took four bags of intravenous fluid Saturday night and Sunday morning, and then hurt his right thigh in the second quarter, requiring more treatment.

It was all good, though. Nothing a victory and a fourth straight AFC West title won’t cure.

Manning threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter and Connor Barth kicked five field goals to lead Denver to a 22-10 victory against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday that clinched the division title.

“He was sick. I don’t think it was Jordan game flu sick, but he was sick,’’ running back C.J. Anderson said, referring to how Michael Jordan’s condition when he scored 38 points in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.

Manning said he started feeling ill Saturday evening.

“I had a rough night. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t an enjoyable night,’’ Manning said. “It came out of nowhere.’’

Manning came out of the game late in the second quarter. He said he was hurt while scrambling to his right and completing a pass to Emmanuel Sanders.

Three plays later, he blocked linebacker Donald Butler on a run by Anderson.

The Broncos had to settle for a field goal and Manning headed to the locker room while Brock Osweiler led an unproductive series.

“I was in some discomfort and had some limitations,’’ Manning said. “If you can’t do your job, you can’t move, if you hurt yourself, you hurt the team.’’

Manning was one of the last Broncos out of the locker room for the start of the second half, cheered on by the thousands of Broncos fans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

“We were unsure at halftime to be honest with you, until Peyton made the cavalry entrance there at the start of the third quarter,’’ said Coach John Fox. “I think it’s a tribute to the kind of toughness Peyton has and the kind of competitor he is that he got up and did a tremendous job in those conditions.’’

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