Defense comes up big again as Broncos beat Colts, 34-20, improve to 2-0

DENVER — The Indianapolis Colts have given the Broncos fits over the past decade and Sunday was no different.

The Colts, who came to Denver having won eight of the past nine matchups between the teams, hung around before the Broncos defense came up big — as usual — in the fourth quarter in a 34-20 win at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The defending champion Broncos improved to 2-0 with two tight wins at home to start the season. The

Aqib Talib intercepted Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give the Broncos a 10-point lead.

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It was Talib’s fifth pick-six in his Broncos career, the most in team history and it gave the Broncos some breathing room.

They needed it.

The Colts cut the deficit to 23-20 with 4:02 to play when Luck found Frank Gore in the left flank. Gore then tiptoed along the sideline and dove into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown.

The Broncos offense then was able to chew off more than two minutes, but couldn’t convert on third-and-1 on the first play after the two-minute warning. Brandon McManus made a 35-yard field goal to make it 26-20 with 1:51 to play.

But on the Colts’ first play from the 25-yard line, Von Miller rushed in and forced a strip sack.

Shane Ray then picked up the fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Demariyus Thomas then caught a pass from Trevor Siemian to make it 34-20 with 1:42 to play.

The Broncos finished 400 yards to the Colts’ 253. Siemian finished 22 of 33 for 266 yards and one interception. The rushing attack was also solid, with C.J. Anderson leading the way with 74 yards on 20 attempts.

The  Broncos return to action next week when they play the Bengals in Cincinnati at 11 a.m.