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Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Troy Taormina/USA Today
DJ SiddiqiCorrespondent IIIDecember 21, 2013

Manning's record-breaking 51st touchdown pass of season gives the Broncos a 37-13 victory over the Texans

Peyton Manning broke the single-season touchdown record with his 51st touchdown pass of the season, as the Broncos defeated the Texans, 37-13. With the victory and a Chiefs loss, the Broncos clinched the AFC West title and a first-round bye.

Until a Mike Adams interception early in the fourth quarter, the Broncos led the Texans just 16-13. Although the passing game moved the chains in the first half, the offense stalled in the second half as it went through three consecutive three-and-outs on offense. 

Adams' interception gave the Broncos the spark that they needed, and Manning did the rest. Manning completed three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, and now has sole possession of the single-season touchdown record.

If the Patriots lose in Baltimore tonight, the Broncos will clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed.

After a franchise-record 13th consecutive loss, the Texans will look to end their losing streak and end the season on a good note when they visit the Titans in Tennessee (6-9) in Week 17.

The Broncos will look to either clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed, or end the season on a winning streak when they face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 17.

 

Final:

Broncos - 37

Texans - 13

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