Quarterback Peyton Manning, who completed 22-of-30 passes (73.3%) for 305 yards with three touchdowns (138.9 rtg.) in Denver’s 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints, became just the second player in NFL history (Steve Young, 1998) to record at least 300 yards passing and three touchdowns in four consecutive games.
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who finished with a game-high 13 tackles, became just the third player in the NFL this season (LB Ray Lewis, Bal/LB Jerrell Freeman, Ind.) to post at least 13 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
There are only three players in the NFL with multiple interceptions and multiple sacks, two of which are Broncos. Wesley Woodyard (3 sacks, 2 INT) and Chris Harris (1.5 sacks, 2 INT) join Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (3 sacks, 2 INT) as the only players to accomplish that feat this season.
Manning also set a club record with his fifth consecutive 300-yard passing game, equaling his personal-best streak that he set during the 2009 season.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas finished the game with seven catches for 137 yards and one touchdown to mark the seventh career 100-yard outing.
Kicker Matt Prater registered the ninth “perfect” game in Broncos history, the eighth of his career in which he converted 100 percent of his field goals and extra points and registered touchbacks on every kickoff.
With Sunday’s win, Manning improved to 10-4 in his career coming off a bye week.
With 23 carries for 122 yards (5.3 avg.) and one touchdown, running back Willis McGahee became the NFL’s active leader in 100-yard rushing games in addition to tying Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew (63) for the second-most rushing touchdowns among active NFL players.
Since halftime of Denver’s Week 6 win at San Diego, the Broncos are outscoring opponents 69-14, including a 69-7 stretch that ended when the Saints scored a late touchdown on Sunday night.
The game marked the 200th win Head Coach John Fox has been a part of since he entered the NFL as an assistant coach in 1989. It also marked the 200th start of cornerback Champ Bailey’s career.
The Broncos defense held the Saints offense to just 252 total yards of offense, which represents New Orleans’ lowest total since its season opener in 2010 — 39 games ago.
Denver gained exactly 265 yards of offense in each half in addition to scoring 17 points in each frame.
The announced crowd of 76,832 that watched the Broncos beat the Saints by a score of 34-14 marks the fourth-largest home attendance figure in team history.