Manning's Broncos continue to rewrite record books
(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.
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