National Football League
            === Broncos clinch playoff berth with rout of Titans ===
 Denver,  CO ( -- Peyton Manning continued his run of success
 with  397 yards and  four touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos ripped off 24
 consecutive  points en route to a convincing 51-28 decision over the Tennessee
 Titans on Sunday.
 Manning set a single-game club record with 39 completions on a personal-record
 59  attempts  for the Broncos (11-2),  who maintained their one-game edge over
 the Chiefs in the AFC West as well as a one-game lead over New England for the
 top spot in the conference with their fifth win in six games.
 "We had a good plan," said Manning. "I thought we threw the ball well and guys
 caught the ball well."
 Matt  Prater connected on  all three of his field-goal attempts, and set a new
 NFL record when he booted a 64-yard try on the final play of the first half to
 help Denver clinch a playoff berth.
 "I  knew I hit  it pretty good," said Prater. "I wasn't sure with the cold and
 everything  if it was going to make it. Then I saw the refs hands go up, and I
 can't even explain how I felt after."
 Eric  Decker led a stacked receiving corps with 117 yards and a score on eight
 catches,  while  Demaryius Thomas and Julius  Thomas added a TD grab apiece in
 the rout.
 Wes  Welker  did not return  after halftime,  diagnosed with a concussion, but
 posted 61 yards and a touchdown on five catches before departing.
 Knowshon Moreno led the rushing attack thanks to 78 yards on 14 carries.
 Ryan  Fitzpatrick  was held to 172  yards on 13-of-24 passing with a touchdown
 and  interception  for the Titans  (5-8), who have  dropped four of their last
 five to jeopardize their playoff hopes.
 "We hung in there I thought," said Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak. "We knew
 we'd  have to play  our best to win and unfortunately, in spots we played very
 well  and obviously we couldn't make the plays to keep the game going there in
 the fourth quarter."
 Justin  Hunter notched  114 yards and a score on four receptions, Shonn Greene
 crossed  the goal line  twice on rushes and Chris Johnson was held to 46 yards
 and one TD on 12 carries in defeat.
 Typical  for  this season's Broncos, the  hosts began the second half with the
 ball  and picked  up seven points on  Demaryius Thomas' 4-yard catch to cap an
 80-yard drive to make it 27-21.
 Fitzpatrick  was picked  off by  Terrance Knighton  on the  third play  of the
 following  series.  Denver made  short work  of the  next touch, needing seven
 plays  -- aided  by a defensive holding call  -- to go up 34-21 on Moreno's 1-
 yard plunge.
 The  Titans snapped  the run when Hunter dove  in the end zone to bring down a
 Fitzpatrick  heave  for a 41-yard connection  and a six-point spread with 4:50
 left  in  the third. Tennessee  got a  reprieve when Andre Caldwell's 104-yard
 kickoff  return  was negated by  a Broncos  penalty, but the hosts nonetheless
 took a 37-28 lead early in the fourth on Prater's 19-yard boot.
 Von  Miller  then forced a fumble  from Johnson near midfield, and the Broncos
 needed three plays plus a facemask penalty to assume a 44-28 edge on a 20-yard
 Manning-to-Decker touchdown strike with 9:12 left in the contest.
 Montee Ball posted a 5-yard TD run with 3:07 to play which capped the blowout.
 Greene's  one-yard plunge gave the Titans a lead after their first possession,
 but  the Broncos  countered on the next touch on Welker's 1-yard scoring catch
 to end a 74-yard march.
 Nate  Washington returned  the kickoff 95 yards to the Denver 3-yard line, and
 on the next snap Johnson rolled in for a 14-7 Tennessee edge.
 On the ensuing drive, Decker dove along the left sideline to haul in a Manning
 pass,  and he  fell into  the end  zone with  a minute  to go  in the  opening
 quarter.  Review determined he was down by contact at the two. The Broncos had
 a  potential TD pass to Welker taken away by review on 2nd-and-goal and had to
 settle for Prater's 25-yard make.
 Greene's 28-yard run to paydirt provided a 21-10 advantage for the visitors in
 the second quarter, but Denver rebounded to trail by one at the half.
 First,  replay upheld an 8-yard strike from Manning to Julius Thomas with 1:50
 remaining, and Prater made history with his long boot on the final play of the
 The  ball, struck right down the middle, had inches to spare as it sailed just
 over the crossbar.
                                   Game Notes
 Before  Prater's record kick, Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian
 Janikowski  (2011) and David Akers (2012) held a share of the previous mark at
 63  yards  ... Denver  tied an  NFL record by  posting its third 50-plus-point
 effort of the season, matching the 1969 Minnesota Vikings ... The Broncos also
 set  a club  record for  points in  a single  season with  their Sunday  total
 boosting  their  overall total to  508 ... The 91  plays executed by the hosts
 were the most for the franchise in a non-overtime contest.
 12/08 22:57:16 ET