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Manning Bowl belongs to Peyton _ again

Monday - 9/16/2013, 4:15am  ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 38-20. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writer

Peyton Manning is relieved.

Not just because his Denver Broncos are 2-0 and have been an offensive juggernaut. The fact that Manning Bowl III likely is the last one in the regular season has him -- and younger brother Eli -- breathing easier.

Peyton again beat Eli, throwing two touchdown passes in leading the Broncos past the New York Giants 41-23 on Sunday.

The older Manning is 3-0 in the NFL against his sibling, with the other two victories coming when Peyton was with the Colts. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards. Denver, which has won 13 straight regular-season games, rushed for just 109 yards altogether.

"It's a strange situation, strange circumstances," Peyton said. "It's a good team win, but it's a unique situation. You can't ask too many people for advice on it.

"I think both of us are glad that it's over with. Postseason is one thing, but I don't think I'll make it to the next regular season (meeting in four years). I think this'll be the end of it. So I'll be happy about that. And the family will. For Eli and I, it'll be just as easy."

Peyton didn't need to match his record-tying seven touchdown passes from the Broncos' season-opening victory. Not with the Giants (0-2) being charitable again with four more turnovers after they had six in last's week loss. They also allowed Trindon Holliday's spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season.

"We'll see what kind of team we have and what kind of fight we have," Giants guard Chris Snee said.

Week 2 concludes on Monday night when Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh. It began with New England beating the New York Jets 13-10 last Thursday night.

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Seahawks 29, 49ers 3

Marshawn Lynch ran for two scores and added a seven-yard TD catch in the second half, and host Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter.

The game was delayed 60 minutes by thunderstorms late in the first quarter. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.

Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, to make up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle's receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.

Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards with three interceptions for the 49ers.

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Saints 16, Buccaneers 14

At Tampa, in another game delayed by lightning (69 minutes), Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired. The Buccaneers have lost both games on last-second kicks.

"This team is a resilient team," Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said. "Their head coach is a resilient guy. We're going to fight our way right off it."

Linebacker Mason Foster scored on an 85-yard interception return for a 14-13 lead. But after Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field goal, Drew Brees led the Saints back with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards to Marques Colston.

Brees also was sacked four times and intercepted twice.

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Packers 38, Redskins 30

At Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns. James Jones had a career-high 11 catches for 178 yards. James Starks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown after rookie starter Eddie Lacy left with a concussion.

"We were able to catch the ball well, had yards after the catch and we were able to run the ball better than we have in a long time," Rodgers said.

Green Bay (1-1) built a 24-0 lead by halftime and never looked back.

Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and three second-half touchdowns. Pierre Garcon had 143 yards receiving and a touchdown for Washington (0-2).

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Bears 31, Vikings 30

At Chicago, the Bears went 2 for 2 in home-field rallies for victories. Jay Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left.

Minnesota's Blair Walsh kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining when Chicago took over at its 34. Cutler, who led the Bears back from an 11-point deficit in a season-opening win over Cincinnati, struck again.

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