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Prater's leg outshines Peyton's arm in Broncos 51-28 win

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Peyton Manning silenced his cold-weather critics and Matt Prater kicked his way into the record books as the Denver Broncos completed the route of the Tennessee Titans 51-28.

Prater’s 64-yard field goal to conclude the first half not only marked the longest field goal in NFL history, it brought the Broncos within one point of the lead and getting the ball back to begin the second half. Prater’s record-breaking field goal beat the previous record of 63 yards held by Tom Dempsey, former Bronco Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers.

"Such an awesome moment, I'm glad it came in a win," Prater said. "It was crazy, it was awesome because almost the whole team rushed the field after that kick. It definitely was a momentum swing."

Prater’s 64 yarder marks the third time in NFL history the longest kick record has been tied or surpassed in Denver. Elam was the first kicker to tie the record of 63 against Jacksonville on Oct. 25, 1998 and Janikowski tied the record in a Raiders win against the Broncos on Sept. 12, 2011.

Hitting Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker for touchdowns, Peyton Manning brought his season total to 45 scores. Manning added 397 yards with zero interceptions, completing a franchise record 39 pass attempts in the Broncos win. Playing in single digit temperatures for the duration of the game, Manning silenced his critics who said he wasn’t as good of a quarterback in cold weather.

With running backs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball adding 155 yards and a touchdown each, the Broncos tallied 551 yards from scrimmage. With Ball’s late surge at the running back position, the Denver backfield seems to be heading into a committee. Moreno is only 80 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season and his 10 touchdowns are making his case for his first Pro Bowl nod.

The Broncos are facing a short week as they host the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night and may have to do so without Wes Welker. Welker suffered a concussion in the second quarter and could be forced to the sidelines for the next game due to the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The Denver Broncos now have four players with 10 or more touchdowns and could make it five players if Decker finds the endzone only two more times. The Broncos 39 first downs came within one of another NFL record set by the New Orleans Saints a month ago.

The Broncos host the Chargers for their final regular season home game of the 2013 season on Thursday night.


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