Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
NFL: Manning’s 3 TDs lead Broncos to 34-12 win

< Previous Page

Denver » In the span of about five minutes, Peyton Manning threw his third touchdown pass of the afternoon, Von Miller knocked the opposing quarterback out of the game and the Denver Broncos completely demoralized the tenacious-but-overmatched Cleveland Browns.

During that third-quarter flurry Sunday, the Broncos looked a lot like the best team in the AFC, and with one more Sunday like this one, they could go into the playoffs as just that.

At a glance

Browns-Broncos Stats

Cleveland 12, Denver 34

Cleveland 3 0 3 6 — 12

Denver 7 7 7 13 — 34

First Quarter

Den » D.Thomas 22 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 12:10.

Cle » FG Dawson 27, 4:35.

Second Quarter

Den » Decker 10 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 12:40.

Third Quarter

Cle » FG Dawson 53, 11:09.

Den » Decker 8 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 4:33.

Fourth Quarter

Den » FG Prater 27, 14:53.

Den » Hester 1 run (Prater kick), 12:11.

Cle » Little 6 pass from McCoy (run failed), 7:56.

Den » FG Prater 41, 1:55.

Attendance » 76,351.

Cle Den

First downs 20 29

Total Net Yards 233 457

Rushes-yards 18-91 32-118

Passing 142 339

Punt Returns 2-11 3-2

Kickoff Returns 2-60 1-6

Interceptions Ret. 1-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 21-36-0 30-43-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 6-41 0-0

Punts 4-42.3 3-49.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0

Penalties-yards 10-69 11-84

Time of Possession 26:20 33:40

Individual Statistics

Rushing » Cleveland, Richardson 9-53, McCoy 2-17, Hardesty 3-14, Weeden 3-4, Cribbs 1-3. Denver, Moreno 22-78, Hillman 6-35, Hester 3-6, Osweiler 1-(minus 1).

Passing » Cleveland, Weeden 12-19-0-104, McCoy 9-17-0-79. Denver, Manning 30-43-1-339.

Receiving » Cleveland, Little 6-58, Watson 3-47, Benjamin 3-46, Richardson 3-15, Ogbonnaya 2-2, Gordon 1-7, Hardesty 1-7, Smelley 1-3, Smith 1-(minus 2). Denver, D.Thomas 9-102, Decker 6-65, Moreno 5-49, Stokley 5-32, Dreessen 3-22, Tamme 2-69.

Missed Field Goals » None.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Manning threw for 339 yards and three scores and Miller was in on two sacks, the second of which ended Brandon Weeden’s day, leading Denver to a 34-12 win — a victory that pulled the Broncos (12-3) into a tie with Houston for the best record in the conference.

The Broncos carry a 10-game winning streak, second longest in franchise history, into the final week at home against Kansas City (2-13). The Texans, who hold the tiebreaker against Denver, have lost two of three and they close the season at Indianapolis (10-5).

Manning finished 30 for 43 and has 4,355 yards this season, moving him past John Elway and Jake Plummer for second on the franchise’s single-season passing list. He wasn’t perfect — he threw an interception late in the first half for Denver’s first turnover inside the opponent’s 10-yard line all season — but when he was clicking, the Broncos couldn’t be stopped, at least not by Cleveland (5-10).

His first two touchdown throws came with Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown draped all over the Denver receivers and only the smallest of windows available for Manning to hit. But he hit them. The first went to Demaryius Thomas for 22 yards, the second to Eric Decker for 10, and the Broncos had a 14-3 lead after their first two possessions.

Both passes wrapped up 80-yard drives in which Manning ran his version of the hurry-up, getting the offense to the line quickly, barking out audibles, switching from runs to passes, then back again. He even once used cadence to draw an offside penalty on third-and-2 to keep a drive going.

The Broncos passed the 30-point mark for the 10th time this season.

Oh, there were frustrations. Denver finished with a season-high 11 penalties; the interception that ended the second-quarter drive; Broncos kick returners bobbled the ball twice, but recovered both; and Browns lineman Billy Winn plowed guard Zane Beadles into Manning, altering the trajectory of a pass 30 feet into the air for an incompletion.

Manning pounded his orange-gloved fist into the turf after that one.

story continues below
story continues below

Meanwhile, Weeden and Browns running back Trent Richardson (nine carries, 53 yards), both rookies, showed signs of how good they might be some day. With the help of a questionable personal foul call against Champ Bailey, Weeden poked his way to a 45-yard drive for a field goal that cut Cleveland’s deficit to 14-6 early in the third quarter.

But Manning responded with a 91-yard touchdown drive, highlighted when he threw a dart that slammed off Decker’s hands and dropped into those of receiver Brandon Stokley. Just another Broncos first down — and another sign this was not Cleveland’s day.

Two plays later, Manning hit Decker for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 21-6.

Three plays after that, Miller slammed Weeden to the turf, injuring his right shoulder. Weeden slammed his helmet to the ground on the sideline and walked slowly to the locker room — his day complete after going 12 for 19 for 104 yards. Manning had surpassed that total after his second pass of the second quarter.

Miller finished with 1½ sacks to move to 17½ for the season, beating Elvis Dumervil’s franchise record by half a sack.


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.