Tight end Joel Dreessen corralled a deflected pass in the end zone during the fourth quarter against Houston. Dreessen ranks second in the NFL in percentage of catches resulting in touchdowns since 2010 with 11 of his 69 receptions going for scores.
Brandon Stokley’s 38-yard touchdown catch from Manning marked the 28th time in NFL history that two players 36-years or older connected on a touchdown pass. It last happened on Nov. 18, 2007 when Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde hit Christian Fauria for a touchdown. Head Coach John Fox was the coach at the time of that play as well.
Quarterback Peyton Manning, who completed 26-of-52 passes for 330 yards with two touchdowns (83.0 rtg.) against the Texans registered his 64th career 300-yard game to pass Dan Marino as the NFL’s all-time leader in that category.
With three field goals made against Houston, Broncos kicker Matt Prater passed Jason Elam as the most accurate kicker in team history. Prater, who is 4-of-4 on field goals this season, has made 94-of-116 (80.9%) field goals as a Bronco. Prater’s 53-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the first half helped improve his NFL-record 50-yard career field goal percentage to 76.5% (13-of-17). Prater also matched his career high with five touchbacks on kickoffs in Sunday’s game.
Wide receiver Eric Decker led all players with eight catches for 136 yards vs. the Texans. The 136 receiving yards marked a career high for the third-year receiver.
Defensive tackle Justin Bannan’s recovered an Arian Foster fumble that was forced by defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The fumble recovery marked the second of his career and first since Week 2 of his rookie season – a span of 144 games.