Sunday, December 1, 2013
Key to victory: Manning regains his touch
By ESPN Stats & Information
The primary key to the Denver Broncos 35-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs was that Peyton Manning regained his touch on deep throws.
Manning was 8-for-10 for 268 yards and three touchdowns (albeit with two interceptions) on passes 15 or more yards downfield on Sunday.
Manning had as many completions on throws that length to Eric Decker (five, including all three touchdowns) as he had total completions on throws that deep in the past three games.
Manning was 5-for-17 on such throws in that span.
The 80 percent completion percentage by Manning was his best for him with at least five throws that deep in the eight seasons for which Stats & Information has done video review.
Manning threw four of his five touchdown passes to Decker, who set the Broncos single-game record for touchdown catches.
Broncos’ feats galore
This was the Broncos 17th straight game with at least 26 points, the longest such streak in NFL history. They’ve won four straight against the Chiefs for the first time since a streak spanning 1988 to 1990.
Manning tied Drew Brees’ NFL record with his eighth career game with at least five touchdown passes.
Manning threw for 403 yards, giving him 4,125 this season. That’s the most by any quarterback through his team’s first 12 games in a season.
Manning also extended his own NFL record, reaching 10 wins as a starter for the 13th time in his career.