Aqib Talib's previous visit to Sports Authority Field at Mile High ended with a sore left knee and a limp into the visiting locker room. He returned Sunday to a loud ovation, acknowledging the 21,933 fans as he jogged out of the north tunnel.

Wasn't he the bad guy? Wasn't he the best cornerback Peyton Manning said he faced last season?

"I am not the enemy any more. These are my fans now," Talib said. "I am glad that I didn't get boos or anything like that. It was a good start."

If Manning and Von Miller received the most decibels, the new crew of Talib, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward weren't far behind. As Talib took a knee on the 15-yard-line, just 11 yards from where a collision with the Broncos' Wes Welker ended his effectiveness in the AFC championship game, cheers rained down. One fan screamed, "We are happy you are here, Talib!"