Peyton Manning only played the first half yesterday in Denver’s 34-14 win over Oakland, but that was all that was needed to break more NFL records and secure the Broncos home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
In the first half, Manning threw touchdown passes to Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno and two to Demaryius Thomas as he broke Drew Brees’ single season record of 5,476 passing yards. Manning ended the day with 25 of 28 passes for 266 yards and finished the regular season with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes (also the most in NFL history).
Another NFL record broken yesterday was the single season points record previously held by the 2007 New England Patriots at 589. The Denver Broncos finished the season with 606 points. The Broncos also hold the NFL record for having five players with at least ten touchdowns: Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Knowshon Moreno, Eric Decker. Denver also holds the NFL record for longest field goal: Matt Prater 64 yards.
All these NFL records don’t really mean much if the Denver Broncos can’t win the Super Bowl. Denver is in the same exact position they were in last year (13-3, AFC West Champs, top seed in AFC, first round bye, home field advantage) heading into the playoffs, and you remember what happened last year right? Hopefully their playoff performance will be the one thing the Broncos will not repeat from last year. Their road to the Super Bowl begins Sunday January 12 at 4:40pm ESTat Mile High.
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