Broncos Clinch Playoff Berth With 51-28 Rout Of Titans
(DENVER) — Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record Sunday, hitting a 64-yard field goal right before halftime, as the Broncos routed the Titans 51-28.
Prater broke the previous record of 63 yards, set by Tom Dempsey in 1970. It was tied by former Broncos kicker Jason Elam in 1998, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski in 2011, and David Akers last season.
The Broncos (11-2) trailed 21-20 at the break, but they outscored Tennessee 31-7 in the second half to punch their ticket to the postseason.
Peyton Manning threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns in the win, silencing any notions that he’s unable to play well in cold-weather games.
“I won’t try to answer it because I didn’t give it any validation in the first place,” Manning said.
The Broncos were motivated by the presence of head coach John Fox, who was on the sideline for the first time since November 3. He missed four games after undergoing open-heart surgery.
The Titans (5-8) led 21-10 early, but Denver’s victory all but ended any playoff hopes in the Music City. Their loss helped the Indianapolis Colts clinch the AFC South division.
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