Posted December 29, 2013

Peyton Manning, Broncos shatter single-season records in regular-season finale

AFC West, Denver Broncos
Peyton Maning has been in a ridiculous zone this season.

Peyton Manning has been in a ridiculous zone this season. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Remember when there were all those questions about whether Peyton Manning would ever play again? Remember when there were all those questions about whether Peyton Manning had sufficient arm strength to excel in the NFL as he had before?

Yeah, we’re pretty much over that. As Manning’s Denver Broncos commenced beating the living heck out of the Oakland Raiders to wrap up the AFC’s  No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Manning and his offense put up a couple of impressive NFL single-season records.

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The 2007 New England Patriots’ record of 589 points in a season has been thrashed — Denver came into the Raiders game with 572, and they were up 31-0 at the half, putting them at 603. In addition, Manning came into the Raiders game with 5,211 passing yards this season, third all-time behind Drew Brees’ 5,476 in 2011 and Tom Brady’s 5,235 that same year. Manning missed the entire 2011 season as he underwent and recovered from multiple shoulder and neck surgeries, and he appeared to be making a point with 266 passing yards in the first half. That left him with a record 5,477, as backup Brock Osweiler took over for Manning in the second half.

Now, if you believe that Manning broke Brady’s record of 50 touchdown passes in a season against the Houston Texans last week, he’s already got that one sewn up. However, as the NFL reportedly told Houston interim head coach Wade Phillips that one of Manning’s touchdowns in that game should not have counted, Manning may have been looking to eradicate all doubt with a dynamic follow-up performance.

Safe to say that with four first-half touchdowns, he did that — putting him at 55 officially for the season. And by any measure you’d care to throw out there, the 2013 Denver Broncos have one of the most prolific offenses we’ve ever seen.

26 comments
fmartin2323
fmartin2323

He didn't break the record.

Came up 7 yards short

wetmouse
wetmouse

Congrats to whom everyone agrees is the greatest QB of all time. Imagine if he had played with talented teams in his prime instead of the Colts!

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

SHATTERS record?  Peyton threw for ONE more yard than Brees.


Guess that counts for SHATTERING a record now.


What would it take for Peyton to only break the record, but NOT shatter it?


Yes, the broke the single season team scoring record but saying they shattered that one is even debatable.



BenjaminFord
BenjaminFord

Browns need a QB in the draft hoyer doesn't get hurt him Gordon and that defense they would have made playoffs yea I said it! Its not the head coach!

rrrlas
rrrlas

He may not be the best post season QB in history, but he will win his 5th MVP this year and own ever major non Lombardi stat when he enters Canton. Like him or not, he is the best.

Matthew W
Matthew W

One and done in the playoffs.


The other side of the Peyton Manning coin.

RipsNordic
RipsNordic

Isn't Doug Faararrarrararararrarrrr--rr thatasshole from Yahoo? What happened to his assbuddy Chris Chase?

wetmouse
wetmouse

@Sportsfan18He shattered the single-season TD record. No one, including the author, is suggesting he shattered the yardage mark. Do get a clue.

Starstruck
Starstruck

@Sportsfan18 The headline said the Broncos shattered records - not just Peyton. The team broke the total scoring record in a season by 17 points. In addition, Peyton also bested the previous record for TD passes and passing yards in a season as well.  The records that were broken were considered elite, so setting three new standards in one game is certainly worthy of hyperbole.

Craig
Craig

@Sportsfan18 I agree, but only to a point.  Had he played in the second half it's pretty clear he could well have added another couple hundred yards.  Sports reporting is full of hyperbole, and "shattered" is unfortunately tossed around like a lot of other poorly-chosen words.  "Broke" would be just fine, and "edged-over" would be more accurate.

Matthew W
Matthew W

@rrrlas 

He isn't the MVP. Heck, Osweiler could lead them to the division title in that poor division of theirs. 

Cool
Cool

@Matthew W Just wondering Matthew, when you are proven wrong and your comments are proven to be nothing more than blabbering of a child... do you disappear, change your screen name, or have mommy change the wet sheets on your bed?

rrrlas
rrrlas

@Matthew W First no AFC team is winning any SB this year. Second, I do not think the Broncos are one and done. The Pats perhaps.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@RipsNordic he works for usa today and he struck again, i don't know if you get usa today weekend in your paper, but on the top sports stories of the year and this is no joke, you know the wild walk-off win by the card's in the world series here was the headline sox win wild walk-off

cyranogo
cyranogo

@Matthew W @rrrlas Mattie doesn't appear to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.  Get a clue.  3 of the 6 AFC playoff teams are from the division which the Broncos won.

AustinCruz
AustinCruz

@Matthew W@rrrlasYou are dumb. Their division sucks you say, when 3 teams (KC, Denver & San Diego) are all in the playoffs. Get your stats right. 


~Seahawks fan

Starstruck
Starstruck

That 'poor' division just sent three out of 4 teams to the postseason. Blehhh

tjames225
tjames225

@Matthew W

More than half of NFL teams were mediocre this year.  The fact that you think the AFC west has mediocre teams doesn't change the fact they outperformed the other mediocre teams in the AFC.  

Matthew W
Matthew W

@cyranogo@Matthew W@rrrlas 

Yup, I'm not. I don't sniff the jock of the most overrated QB in history who has it ingrained in his DNA to fold when it matters most.

The Chiefs are a hollow team that can only beat cupcakes. They had one of the weakest strength of schedules  this year.


The Chargers only made the playoffs after the Refs failed to call a penalty when KC lined up the game winning FG. 


The Chiefs and Chargers are both long known AFC mediocres....that's nothing to brag about.

CurtisRenshaw
CurtisRenshaw

@AustinCruz @Matthew W @rrrlas 


No, San Diego should not be in the playoffs. Poor play by KC and poor officiating let them in. Not that Pittsburgh is any better, but they sure as heck would run over KC's backup players. Just sayin.


Steelers fan, but then, who isn't?