The Gods of Thunder that blasted across Lake Michigan in the early evening tried to prevent the seismic change that was officially to come in the NFL.

But in the end the thunderstorms that rocked Chicago's Soldier Field on Thursday night only slightly delayed the inevitable-the donning of the Orange and Blue by number 18.

Delayed 15 minutes after the stadium and field were cleared due to lightning, former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning made his debut with the Denver Broncos. It was a quick one, lasting just one series with the quarterback completing 4-of-7 passes for 44 yards with an interception.

With a number of Colts fans surrounding the field, Manning took a half hour of warmups in steady rain with the Broncos, just the second team of his 15-year NFL career.

After a lightning strike near the stadium rumbled the seats, both the Bears and the Broncos were cleared off the field as the storm neared.

Shortly after 7:30 P.M. the storm moved over Lake Michigan and allowed Manning to make his debut. The Broncos won the toss, took the ball and went immediately to the air, with Manning's first place getting knocked out of the hands of former Colts teammate Jacob Tamme.

Two plays later Manning found Tamme on a tipped pass for his first completion in Broncos uniform. He would then hit Eric Decker twice and Lance Ball with passes to move Denver inside the Bears 10-yard line.

Bad luck hit Manning when he tried to find another former Colts teammate Brandon Stokley. Manning put the ball over the middle for the receiver but Stokley tipped it in the air and it was intercepted by the Bears' Major Wright.

Manning went to the sidelines and was replaced by Caleb Hanie on the next series.