Manning's Broncos continue to rewrite record books

Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:05pm EST
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(Reuters) - Quarterback Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos ended the regular season by posting more entries in the NFL record books during a 34-14 road win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Manning, who last week surpassed New England quarterback Tom Brady's single season record of 50 touchdown passes, set a standard for most passing yards in a season, and the Broncos established a league high for points scored.

"This was a good game today," Manning told reporters after AFC West champions Denver improved to 13-3 and secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

"We needed this win. We needed to improve on some things."

Manning's 63-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas pushed the Broncos past the NFL record of 589 points in a season set six years earlier by the Patriots. Denver finished with 606.

The quarterback's second scoring connection to Thomas, this time a five-yard strike, gave Manning 5,477 passing yards on the season to surpass the record 5,476 yards by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2011.

Manning threw four first-half TD passes to give him 55 this season as Denver held a 31-0 lead before he took a seat on the bench for the rest of the game, mission accomplished.

Two years removed from a series of neck surgeries that sidelined him for a full season and threatened to end his career, the 37-year-old Manning typically preferred to look on his showing as part of a team effort.


December 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) after the game at Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports