If you were looking for Manning to air it out and prove his arm was back after neck surgery, you were disappointed. He barely got his arm loose and never took a hit in what was more or less a cameo appearance.
The Bears robbed him of points after Manning took his team 60 yards. His pass for Eric Decker in the end zone was batted by D.J. Moore, and Major Wright made a diving interception just outside the end zone.
Along the way, Manning had a pretty 19-yard completion, as well as a soft sideline pass for 10 yards on a comeback.
Broncos coach John Fox called it a "very good first outing" for Manning. "He was remarkable," Fox said. "He came back — he's worked very hard. He hasn't played football in (almost) two years."
Up next was Hanie, who was booed lustily by Bears fans who have clung to unpleasant memories from last December.
Perhaps they forgot Hanie was a preseason star in past years for the Bears. He could have helped them again Thursday.
Fighting for the No. 2 job on the Broncos, and maybe a roster spot, Hanie led his team on a 57-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. The highlight was Hanie's 20-yard pass to tight end Cornelius Ingram off play action.
Hanie completed 7 of 14 passes for 79 yards.
And on this night, that was a virtual quarterback light show.