National Football League
 
 
               === Broncos roll in Manning-led rout of Eagles ===
 
 Denver,  CO (Sports  Network) -  Peyton  Manning added  to his  record-setting
 touchdown  total  with four more scoring  strikes and the Denver Broncos set a
 franchise  record for points  in a game with a 52-20 win over the Philadelphia
 Eagles on Sunday.
 
 Manning has racked up 16 touchdown passes, the most in the first four games of
 a  season in NFL history. He was 28-of-34 for 327 yards and again went without
 an  interception, matching the NFL record for most touchdown passes to start a
 season without a pick.
 
 "We felt really motivated to score points against these guys," Manning said of
 facing  the Eagles' high-paced offense. "We were motivated to be on top of our
 game  offensively, to  score points, touchdowns not field goals, and I thought
 we did that today."
 
 Wes  Welker and Demaryius Thomas both hauled in two scores and Knowshon Moreno
 rushed  for 78 yards  and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Broncos (4-0), who
 have  won 15 straight regular-season games dating back to last season to set a
 franchise record.
 
 Denver's  special  teams also  contributed to the  rout, with Trindon Holliday
 returning  a kickoff  105 yards  for a  score and  Steven Johnson  returning a
 blocked punt for a touchdown.
 
 Michael  Vick threw for  248 yards on 14-of-27 passing, but was unable to find
 the  end zone  as the  Eagles (1-3)  dropped their  third straight  game since
 opening the season with a win over NFC East rival Washington.
 
 "Every  thing is correctable,  we just have to find ways to get it corrected,"
 Vick said of the team's struggles.
 
 Backup  quarterback  Nick Foles replaced  Vick late  in the fourth quarter and
 fired a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Maehl to account for the final margin.
 
 The  Broncos opened  the second half with  31 straight points to blow the game
 open.
 
 Manning  did most  of the work, orchestrating three straight scoring drives in
 the third, each one ending in a touchdown pass to create a comfortable cushion
 for the Broncos.
 
 Denver  opened  the half  with back-to-back 80-yard  treks. Manning capped the
 first  with a 1-yard  TD toss to Thomas before going back to the wideout for a
 15-yard scoring strike to give the Broncos a 35-13.
 
 Manning completed all five passes on a 7-play, 65-yard march, culminating in a
 4-yard touchdown pass to Welker on an out-route to push the margin to 42-13.
 
 Johnson broke through the line and blocked punter Donnie Jones before scooping
 up  the bouncing ball and rumbling 17 yards for a score to make it 49-13 early
 in the fourth.
 
 Matt  Prater's  53-yard field goal  later in the  frame gave the Broncos their
 most points in a single game.
 
 Foles  finished Philadelphia's ensuing drive with a 6-yard TD toss to Maehl to
 cap the scoring.
 
 Early  on,  Denver's defense forced  a three-and-out from Philadelphia to open
 the  game before Manning  moved the Broncos down the field in nine plays, with
 his 6-yard scoring strike to Welker making it 7-0 less than five minutes in.
 
 Vick  led  the Eagles inside  the Denver 20  on Philadelphia's next touch, but
 tight  end  Brent Celek had a  pass go off  his hands on 3rd-and-4, setting up
 Alex Henery's 35-yard field goal that got the Eagles on the board.
 
 Holliday extended Denver's lead on the ensuing kickoff, fielding the kick five
 yards  deep in the end zone before following a convoy of blockers and speeding
 past the kicker en route to a 105-yard return to make it 14-3.
 
 Vick  guided  his  squad  deep  into  Denver  territory  on  the  team's  next
 possession,  but  the drive  stalled at  the Denver  7, and  the Eagles had to
 settle  for a 25-yard  field goal from Henery to pull within 14-6 early in the
 second.
 
 Following  a Denver  punt, Vick  found DeSean  Jackson for  20 yards  down the
 middle  before  dumping off a  screen to Bryce  Brown on 3rd-and-11 that Brown
 turned into a 35-yard gain down to the Denver 4.
 
 Two  plays  later, Chris Polk took  his first NFL  carry into the end zone for
 a 4-yard score to make it 14-13 just under four minutes into the second.
 
 Denver  countered with  an 11-play, 80-yard drive that Moreno capped with a 4-
 yard surge to extend the Broncos' lead to 21-13 late in the first half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Manning  recorded  his NFL-record 24th career  game with at least four passing
 touchdowns. Manning tied Milt Plum's mark for most TD passes to start a season
 without  an interception,  set in  1960 with  the Browns  ... Holliday's  kick
 return  touchdown  tied for the  longest in Broncos  history ... The 52 points
 allowed  by the  Eagles were the most since  giving up 62 in a loss to the New
 York  Giants  on Oct.  26, 1972  ... Denver  is off  to its  12th 4-0 start in
 franchise  history ...  Thomas finished  with nine  catches for  86 yards  and
 Welker  added seven  grabs for 76 yards ... Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy rushed
 for 73 yards on 16 carries.
 
 
 09/29 21:49:45 ET

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