Peyton Manning breaks NFL record as Broncos clinch AFC West

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With their 37-13 victory over the Houston Texans yesterday, the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Also in that game, Peyton Manning set a NFL record with 51 passing touchdowns in a single season, breaking Tom Brady’s record. Manning completed the game with four touchdowns and 400 yards.

The Broncos were already the first team in NFL history to have four different players with at least ten touchdowns in a season (Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Knowshon Moreno). Now with Eric Decker’s two touchdowns yesterday, Denver has five players with at least ten touchdowns.

The news was not all good yesterday though. Pass rusher Von Miller left the game with a knee injury. We found out today that Miller is out the rest of the season with a torn ACL. But don’t worry, the Broncos will be just fine without him. Denver was 6-0 during Miller’s 6-game suspension the beginning of the season. Since his return, Miller has not been as effective without Dumervil.

The Broncos need to defeat the Raiders next Sunday in Oakland to secure home field throughout the playoffs. Denver needs to score just 18 points to break New England’s 2007 scoring record, and Manning needs 265 yards to break Drew Brees’ single-season record. But all these records don’t mean much if the Denver Broncos don’t win the Super Bowl.

If you missed yesterday’s history making game, the NFL Network is re-airing it on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET. And it will re-air as an “NFL Replay Game Of The Week Special” — with Peyton Manning wired for sound by NFL Films — on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

For all your Broncos’ news, please follow me on Twitter @DeenasDays.

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