After some speculation, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak decided to name Peyton Manning as the starting quarterback for the playoffs over Brock Osweiler.
Manning had missed six straight starts due to a foot injury, but he came in as relief for Brock Osweiler during the regular-season finale and led the Broncos on four scoring drives in their victory against the San Diego Chargers.
Kubiak informed the team during a morning meeting on Thursday.
“Looking forward to Peyton leading our football team, feel very good about that,” Kubiak said, via ESPN. “Best for our football team, but I also know Brock will be ready to play.”
Despite his success taking over for Manning mid-season, Osweiler struggled during the last few games, and that likely influenced Kubiak’s decision to go with Manning for the playoffs.
Manning surpassed Brett Favre as the all-time passing yards leader earlier this year and is looking to expand the margin between him and Favre during the playoffs. Manning holds numerous other NFL records as well.
The Broncos are the number 1 seed in the AFC and will play the lowest seed in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.