Broncos clinch AFC's top seed in rout of Chiefs

6:33 AM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
Denver Broncos mascot Miles holds a sign in reference to the team securing Home Field advantage following the win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns as the Denver Broncos locked up the top seed in the AFC and home field advantage on Sunday with a 38-3 thumping of the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Denver (13-3) entered the game as the No. 2 seed behind the Houston Texans, but were in position to take over the top spot by kickoff after the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning completed 23-of-29 passing in just three quarters of action, and wrapped up his regular season with team records in completions (400), passing yards (4,659), completion percentage (68.6), touchdown passes (37) and quarterback rating (105.8).

Demaryius Thomas had a huge day through the air, catching seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Eric Decker snagged seven passes from Manning for 76 yards and two scores as the Broncos ended the regular season on an 11-game winning streak.

Knowshon Moreno collected 44 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Lance Ball added 66 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the victory.

Jamaal Charles rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries. He finished the regular season with 1,509 rushing yards, becoming just the third player in Chiefs history to eclipse the 1,500-yard mark. Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson also accomplished the feat.

Brady Quinn struggled under center, completing just 7-of-16 passes for 49 yards for Kansas City (2-14), which will have the top pick next April's draft.


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