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September 30, 2013

Manning masterful in Broncos' 52-20 rout of Eagles

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SHORTNESS OF BREATH: All week long, Kelly downplayed the altitude, saying it wouldn't be a factor.

The thin air certainly wasn't just in Eagles running back LeSean McCoy's mind. He needed a few breathers on the sideline to get some supplemental oxygen into his lungs.

"I just couldn't breathe," said McCoy, who carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards.

THIRD DOWNS: Teams always talk about getting off the field on third down, but the Eagles couldn't even put the Broncos in third-down situations to begin with.

Manning drove Denver on a trio of touchdown drives in the third quarter covering 80, 80 and 65 yards, and not once did the Broncos face a third down in any of them.

Denver collected 35 first downs overall and only five of them were on third-down conversions.

"I think it is disconcerting," Kelly said. "But you're also playing against an offense that four teams have tried to stop them and they haven't yet."

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