The Denver Broncos have won their second straight AFC West title after a convincing victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Broncos struggled in the first half, as the Buccaneers held a 10-7 lead entering halftime. Denver's offense struggled to move the football and outside of an opening drive that resulted in a touchdown pass to defensive lineman Mitch Unrein, Tampa Bay's defense gave Peyton Manning fits.
But after settling down, the Broncos came out firing in the third quarter. Denver outscored the Buccaneers in the decisive third quarter, 21-0 to take hold of a lead that they would never relinquish. The Buccaneers failed to move the football until the fourth quarter when they were already down 31-13.
Manning threw three touchdown passes in breaking the single-season franchise record previously held by John Elway and Jake Plummer. Manning now has 29 touchdown passes on the season. Manning went 27-38 for 242 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in this game.
The Broncos (9-3) will travel to Oakland on Thursday night and will look to remain perfect in divisional play. The Buccaneers (6-6) will look to bounce back after this loss and remain in the NFC Wild Card hunt as they receive a visit from Philadelphia.
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