Top stats to know: Broncos 51, Cowboys 48

October, 6, 2013
10/06/13
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Normally when we look at a football game, we try to come up with five good notes to know.

But the epic matchup between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday required more than that.

So with that in mind, we’ll run through our top 12 statistical highlights of the Broncos' 51-48 win, with major help throughout from the Elias Sports Bureau

1-- This was the fourth-highest scoring non-overtime game in NFL history with the teams combining for 99 points. That’s 14 shy of the NFL record set in 1966 by the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.

2-- The two teams combined for 884 passing yards, tied for the third most in an NFL game.

3-- The Broncos have now won 16 straight regular-season games. That’s tied for the fifth-longest streak in NFL history, seven games shy of the record of 23 games by the Indianapolis Colts from 2008 to 2009.

4-- The Broncos set an NFL record for most points through the first five games of a season with 230. The previous mark was set by the St. Louis Rams with 217 in 2000.

5-- The Cowboys' 48 points in a loss is one shy of the NFL record, set when the 1963 Houston Oilers scored 49 points in a loss to the Raiders.

6-- Peyton Manning threw four more touchdown passes for the Broncos. His 20 touchdown passes through five games is the most through five games in NFL history and also the record for the most touchdown passes before his an interception.

7-- Manning threw for 414 yards, giving him 10 career games with at least 400 passing yards. That's tied with Drew Brees for second most, trailing only Dan Marino's 13. Manning’s 1,884 yards for the season are second-most in NFL history by a quarterback through five games, the most since Kurt Warner threw for 1,947 for the 2000 Rams.

8-- Manning completed 78.6 percent of his 42 attempts for 414 yards and four touchdowns. None of those numbers are a season high. Manning's 1,884 yards are the most by a quarterback through five games since Kurt Warner threw for 1,947 for the 2000 Rams.

9-- Tony Romo threw for a Cowboys single-game record 506 yards and also had five touchdown passes. His 506 passing yards are the 12th-most in a game in NFL history. He is the fifth quarterback to throw for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns in an NFL game.

10-- The Cowboys also became the second team in AFL/NFL history to have three players with at least 120 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the same game. The only other team to do it was the AFL’s Houston Oilers in 1961 against the New York Titans (now known as the Jets). Dez Bryant was one of those three, as he finished with six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Yet the Cowboys are now 1-7 in Bryant’s career when he catches multiple touchdown passes.

11-- The decisive play of the game was Romo’s late interception. The Cowboys have now lost the last eight games in which Romo has thrown a fourth-quarter interception, with six of the eight losses being by seven points or less.

12-- The Broncos' next opponent is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Broncos scored 51 points this week (making them the fourth team ever to score 50 points in consecutive games). The Jaguars have scored 51 points this season.

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