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Broncos name Peyton Manning their starter for playoffs

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning will start for the Denver Broncos in the playoffs.

Coach Gary Kubiak informed his team of the decision Thursday morning when players returned from a three-day furlough after securing the AFC's top seed.

Manning missed seven starts with a left foot injury.

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He returned to action Sunday when he relieved Brock Osweiler in the second half and led the Broncos (12-4) to a 27-20 win over San Diego.

The Broncos went 7-2 with Manning as their starter and 5-2 under Osweiler, including Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Osweiler has never taken a snap in the playoffs. Manning is 11-13 in the playoffs over his 18-year career. That includes an NFL record nine first-game exits, three Super Bowls and one ring.

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