Charles Woodson intercepts Peyton Manning twice

  • By Tyler Dragon
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Charles Woodson got the birthday present that he's been waiting for.

The 18-year veteran, who celebrated his 39th birthday on Wednesday, almost went two decades in the NFL without intercepting a pass from Peyton Manning. On Sunday, Woodson emphatically ended his interception drought against Manning.

Woodson picked off Manning not just once, but twice in a 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. With his multiple picks on Sunday, Woodson became the oldest player to record two interceptions in a single game.

Every game, all season

"You feel like man, if you get one, you've got to get two. If you get two, you've got to get three," Woodson told the San Jose Mercury News.

The Oakland Raiders free safety admitted before the game that he's been yearning to get his first career interception against the Broncos quarterback, and a pick with a win would cap off his 39th birthday.

"Took him 18 years (laughs). Probably offsets the two TDs I threw on him last year. Call it a wash," Manning jokingly told the Broncos' official website after Denver's Week 5 victory.

Woodson and the Raiders didn't come away victorious against their division rival. Although the former Heisman Trophy winner can take some solace with the fact that he did get his long-awaited INT against Manning.

"I've known Charles since college," Manning said. "He's been doing it for a long time. He's a heck of a player, no doubt about."

Both nearing the end of their respective careers, the two will most certainly be able to reminisce about going head-to-head against each other in Canton.