Quarterback Peyton Manning passed Dan Marino for the second-most touchdowns (423) in NFL history and second-most wins by a starting quarterback (148) on Sunday. Manning is now tied with Elway for career wins by a starting quarterback.
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who tied for the team lead with eight tackles (5 solo) against San Diego, recorded his third interception of the season in the second quarter and returned it 25 yards to the San Diego 8-yard line. Woodyard is the only NFL player this year and just the fifth player in Broncos history (since 1982) to record at least three interceptions and three sacks in a single season.
The number of strip-sacks recorded by the Broncos in the team’s two games against San Diego this season. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil registered three, including one on the Chargers’ last snap of each game. Linebacker Von Miller added a pair, both on Sunday.
Linebacker Von Miller tied a career high with three sacks against San Diego, bringing his 2012 total to 13, which ranks second in the NFL. He leads the league in tackles for a loss with 23 on the season after tallying two more on Sunday. Miller became the first player in Broncos history since sacks became an official statistic to register three sacks and two forced fumbles in a game.
Miller’s three sacks vs. San Diego give him 24.5 career through 25 career games. The only player in NFL history to record more sacks in their first 25 games is Hall-of-Famer Derrick Thomas, who had 25.
Denver’s defense held San Diego to 0-11 on their first 11 third downs to set a streak of 26 consecutive third down stops dating to their Week 9 game at Cincinnati (11/4). The streak, which included the last three games at Cincinnati in addition to holding Carolina to 0-of-12 on third downs last week, is the longest in the NFL in the last 10 years.
The Broncos have scored at least 30 points in each of their last five games to establish a record for consecutive 30+point games.
Tight end Jacob Tamme’s 30-yard reception on third-and-18 in the fourth quarter matched his previous career-long catch, which also came against the Chargers during the 2010 season.
Wide receiver Eric Decker caught his 100th career pass and took it 20 yards for his eighth touchdown of the season during the third quarter vs. San Diego on Sunday. With that reception, Decker also set a single-season career high in receiving yards, surpassing his 612-yard total from 2011. Additionally, Decker became the third player in team history with at least eight touchdown catches in back-to-back seasons.
Guard Zane Beadles is the only Bronco to participate in 100% of the team’s offensive or defensive snaps this season. Denver has snapped the ball 691 times on offense this year and Beadles has been on the field for each one.