Manning, Decker lead Broncos past Chiefs 35-28
December 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four to Eric Decker as the Denver Broncos held off a furious rally to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 Sunday and seize control of the American Football Conference West.
Decker had eight catches for a career-high 174 yards for the Broncos (10-2), who moved a game clear of the Chiefs (9-3) in the division. With four games left, Denver also holds the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over Kansas City in the last three weeks.
Jamaal Charles had 93 yards rushing for the Chiefs, and capped a 17-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left in the game to close within a touchdown.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and Justin Tuck had four sacks to help shut down Robert Griffin III in the second half and lead New York to a 24-17 win over the Washington Redskins.
Andre Brown had a pair of touchdown runs, including a 1-yarder early in the fourth quarter that put the Giants ahead for good.
Griffin was 16 for 17 at halftime, but he went 8 for 15 in the second half, and the Redskins managed only 96 total yards after halftime.
The win keeps the Giants (5-7) two games behind NFC East leaders Dallas and Philadelphia with four to play, while the Redskins (3-9) were mathematically eliminated from the postseason for the 17th time in 21 years.
Carolina's Cam Newton threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score, as the Panthers earned a club-record eighth straight regular-season victory 27-6 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.