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Peyton Manning named starter for Broncos in playoffs

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The Associated Press

The last time Peyton Manning started a game, he threw four interceptions in a 29-13 loss to the Chiefs.

Should the Chiefs advance to face Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs, Manning will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback.

The Broncos’ web site reported that coach Gary Kubiak told the team Thursday morning that Manning will start in Denver’s first playoff game.

Manning was yanked from that game against the Chiefs on Nov. 15 and had a quarterback rating of 0.0. He had a torn plantar fascia and didn’t play again until last Sunday.

That’s when he relieved starter Brock Osweiler and helped rally Denver to a 27-20 win over the Chargers. Manning was 5 of 9 for 69 yards as Denver clinched home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs.

If the Chiefs beat the Texans and the Bengals knock off Pittsburgh, the Chiefs would travel to Denver for the divisional playoff game.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff