2nd-half run lifts Broncos 51-28 over Titans
December 10, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
DENVER -- Matt Prater braved the freezing weather to set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal and Peyton Manning threw four more touchdown passes Sunday to lift the Denver Broncos to a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The temperature was 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius) when Prater kicked his record setter to close the first half and pull Denver within 21-20.
Manning opened the third quarter by leading the Broncos on a pair of touchdown drives, and the Broncos (11-2) easily wrapped up a playoff spot.
Denver's quarterback set a club record with 39 completions and finished with 397 yards.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 172 yards for the Titans (5-8), who went 73 yards in five plays to score on the game's first drive and led 21-10 in the middle of the second quarter.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns to help the Saints beat the Panthers 31-13 to regain sole possession of first place in the National Football Conference South and end Carolina's winning streak at eight games.
The Panthers' defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game this season until the Saints scored three in the second quarter alone, when Brees completed 14 of 16 passes for 159 yards.
In other games, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in a blizzard, the Baltimore Ravens edged the Minnesota Vikings 29-26, New England recovered an onside kick to set up the comeback 27-27 win over the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco's held off the nemesis Seattle Seahawks 19-17, the Cincinnati Bengals downed the Indiana Colts 42-28, the Chiefs seized a 45-10 victory over the Washington Redskins, the Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes, 12 of them to Larry Fitzgerald in a 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-28, the Green Bay Packers edged the Atlanta Falcons 22-21, the New York Jets downed the Oakland Raiders 37-27, the San Diego Chargers beat the New York Giants 37-14 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 27-6 winners over the Buffalo Bills.