By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning put on an aerial display against the Houston Texans to clinch the AFC West Division and regained the league’s all-time single-season touchdown passing record with 51 in the team’s victory, 37-13.
Manning broke the record in 2004 with 49, after Hall of Famer Dan Marino set the mark in 1984 with 48. Tom Brady eclipsed the mark in 2007 with 50. With one week remaining in the record season, Manning will have a chance to increase his mark depending on how long he is allowed to play in the regular season finale.
In Addition, the NFL’s single-season passing yards record is in Manning’s sight as he will need 257 more yards to break the mark held by New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees (5,476).
Game Notes by Courtesy of the Denver Broncos
-With their 37-13 win over the Texans (2-13), the Broncos (12-3) earned their third consecutive AFC West title and their 13th overall division crown to pass the Oakland Raiders for the most in history.
-With the victory, Broncos Head Coach John Fox became just the fourth head coach in NFL history to win a division title in each of his first three seasons with a team.
-Manning, who completed 32-of-51 passes (62.7%) for 400 yards and four touchdowns (113.2 rtg.) against the Texans, set an NFL record with 51 touchdown passes on the season. The record-breaking touchdown was thrown to TE Julius Thomas—a 25-yarder with 4:28 remaining in the game.
-Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno, who totaled 11 carries for 76 yards (6.9 avg.) and two receptions for 26 yards (13.0 avg.), topped 1,000 rushing yards on the season (1,015) for the first time in his career and in the process posted the 20th all-time 1,000-yard rushing performance in team history.
-Additionally, Moreno became the first Bronco and just the 23rd NFL player overall to record 1,000 yards rushing (1,015) and 500 yards receiving (507) in a single year.
-Broncos WR Eric Decker caught a game-high 10 passes for 131 yards (13.1 avg.) and two touchdowns to make Denver the first team in NFL history with five players scoring at least 10 touchdowns from scrimmage. No other team in league history has had more than three players score 10 touchdowns in a single season.
-WR Demaryius Thomas (8-123, TD) combined with Decker to give the Broncos two 100-yard receivers for the third time this season.
-S Mike Adams led the Broncos with a game-high nine tackles (6 solo) and three passes defensed while intercepting his first pass as a Bronco in the fourth quarter.
-Rookie DT Sylvester Williams led the team with three tackles for a loss.
-K Matt Prater scored 13 points (3-3 FG, 4-4 PAT) to give him 140 for the season and set a new career high.
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