Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) -- Peyton Manning continued his run of success
with 397 yards and four touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos ripped off 24
consecutive points en route to a convincing 51-28 decision over the Tennessee
Titans on Sunday.
Manning set a single-game club record with 39 completions on a personal-record
59 attempts for the Broncos (11-2), who maintained their one-game edge over
the Chiefs in the AFC West as well as a one-game lead over New England for the
top spot in the conference with their fifth win in six games.
Matt Prater connected on all three of his field-goal attempts, and set a new
NFL record when he booted a 64-yard try on the final play of the first half to
help Denver clinch a playoff berth.
Eric Decker led a stacked receiving corps with 117 yards and a score on eight
catches, while Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas added a TD grab apiece in
Wes Welker did not return after halftime, diagnosed with a concussion, but
posted 61 yards and a touchdown on five catches before departing.
Knowshon Moreno led the rushing attack thanks to 78 yards on 14 carries.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was held to 172 yards on 13-of-24 passing with a touchdown
and interception for the Titans (5-8), who have dropped four of their last
five to jeopardize their playoff hopes.
Justin Hunter notched 114 yards and a score on four receptions, Shonn Greene
crossed the goal line twice on rushes and Chris Johnson was held to 46 yards
and one TD on 12 carries in defeat.
Typical for this season's Broncos, the hosts began the second half with the
ball and picked up seven points on Demaryius Thomas' 4-yard catch to cap an
80-yard drive to make it 27-21.
Fitzpatrick was picked off by Terrance Knighton on the third play of the
following series. Denver made short work of the next touch, needing seven
plays -- aided by a defensive holding call -- to go up 34-21 on Moreno's 1-
The Titans snapped the run when Hunter dove in the end zone to bring down a
Fitzpatrick heave for a 41-yard connection and a six-point spread with 4:50
left in the third. Tennessee got a reprieve when Andre Caldwell's 104-yard
kickoff return was negated by a Broncos penalty, but the hosts nonetheless
took a 37-28 lead early in the fourth on Prater's 19-yard boot.
Von Miller then forced a fumble from Johnson near midfield, and the Broncos
needed three plays plus a facemask penalty to assume a 44-28 edge on a 20-yard
Manning-to-Decker touchdown strike with 9:12 left in the contest.
Montee Ball posted a 5-yard TD run with 3:07 to play which capped the blowout.
Greene's one-yard plunge gave the Titans a lead after their first possession,
but the Broncos countered on the next touch on Welker's 1-yard scoring catch
to end a 74-yard march.
Nate Washington returned the kickoff 95 yards to the Denver 3-yard line, and
on the next snap Johnson rolled in for a 14-7 Tennessee edge.
On the ensuing drive, Decker dove along the left sideline to haul in a Manning
pass, and he fell into the end zone with a minute to go in the opening
quarter. Review determined he was down by contact at the two. The Broncos had
a potential TD pass to Welker taken away by review on 2nd-and-goal and had to
settle for Prater's 25-yard make.
Greene's 28-yard run to paydirt provided a 21-10 advantage for the visitors in
the second quarter, but Denver rebounded to trail by one at the half.
First, replay upheld an 8-yard strike from Manning to Julius Thomas with 1:50
remaining, and Prater made history with his long boot on the final play of the
The ball, struck right down the middle, had inches to spare as it sailed just
over the crossbar.
Before Prater's record kick, Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian
Janikowski (2011) and David Akers (2012) held a share of the previous mark at
63 yards ... Denver tied an NFL record by posting its third 50-plus-point
effort of the season, matching the 1969 Minnesota Vikings ... The Broncos also
set a club record for points in a single season with their Sunday total
boosting their overall total to 508 ... The 91 plays executed by the hosts
were the most for the franchise in a non-overtime contest.
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