- Matt Prater breaks NFL record with 64-yard field goal.
- Peyton Manning breaks franchise Broncos franchise record with 39 completions. On track to break Tom Brady’s single season touchdown record of 49.
- Denver clinches playoff birth with win.
DENVER (AP) — Unbothered by the freezing weather, Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal and Peyton Manning threw four more touchdown passes Sunday, lifting the Denver Broncos to a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The temperature was 14 degrees when Prater kicked his record setter to close the first half and pull Denver within 21-20.
Manning opened the third quarter by leading the Broncos on a pair of touchdown drives, and the Broncos (11-2) easily wrapped up a playoff spot.
Denver’s quarterback set a franchise record with 39 completions and finished with 397 yards.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 172 yards for the Titans (5-8), who went 73 yards in five plays to score on the game’s first drive and led 21-10 in the middle of the second quarter.
The previous NFL long kick record, since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, was 63 yards. Four kickers had accomplished the feat: Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011), and David Akers (2012). Now, Prater stands alone.
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Denver Kicker, Matt Prater NFL Record 64-Yard Field Goal As Broncos Clinch Playoffs in Win.