Nashville, TN – The Broncos scored 31 points in the second half to give them a 51-28 victory over the Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Titans led at one point in the first half 21-10, but after that, the Broncos scored 24 unanswered points. Denver scored on each of its last seven possessions, excluding a final set of kneel-downs at the end of the game.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completed 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns without throwing an interception. He accounted for the second-highest number of attempts and completions against the Titans in the franchise’s history, behind only a 40-of-61 performance by Colt McCoy on October 2nd, 2011.
The Broncos totaled 39 first downs and 551 total net yards while never committing a turnover. They controlled the ball for more than 39 of the game’s 60 minutes.
It was the Titans, however, who jumped out to an early lead. They took the opening kickoff and scored quickly, driving 73 yards in five plays. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a pass to wide receiver Justin Hunter that went for 57 yards, and on the next play, running back Shonn Greene scored on a one-yard run.
The Broncos answered to tie the game, taking 13 plays to go 74 yards. They converted a pair of fourth downs on the drive, lastly a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Wes Welker on fourth-and-goal from the one yard line.
On the ensuing kickoff, Leon Washington fielded the ball at the two yard line and raced 95 yards. Chris Johnson took a handoff on the next play and scored on a three-yard run to give the Titans a 14-7 lead.
After an exchange of punts, the Broncos drove 51 yards before Matt Prater knocked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights. In the second quarter, Fitzpatrick commanded an eight-play, 89 yard series.
The Titans faced a fourth-and-one at their own 49-yard line, but instead of punting, they kept the offense on the field. Fitzpatrick connected with Chris Johnson for a 23-yard pass to pick up the first down. On the subsequent play, Greene took a handoff and raced 28 yards for a touchdown that gave the Titans a 21-10 advantage.
The Broncos responded by going 81 yards on 10 plays. Welker caught a pass for 30 yards, and moments later, Manning found tight end Julius Thomas for an eight-yard touchdown.
A three-and-out by the Titans offense gave the Broncos the ball at their own 15-yard line with 52 seconds remaining in the half. A pass interference penalty on the Titans and an 18-yard reception by Demaryius Thomas led to a 64-yard field goal attempt by Prater. As time expired in the half, Prater’s kick cleared the uprights, giving him the longest field goal in NFL history.
The Broncos took the opening kickoff of the second half and went 80 yards on six plays. A personal foul penalty on Titans safety Bernard Pollard was followed by a 38-yard reception by Thomas. Manning found Thomas again on the next play, this time for a four-yard touchdown. The Broncos went up 27-21 and would never relinquish their lead.
On Tennessee’s third play of the second half, a pass from Fitzpatrick was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Von Miller and then intercepted by nose tackle Terrance Knighton. That led to a one-yard touchdown run by Broncos tailback Knowshon Moreno.
Shortly after a 16-yard reception by Nate Washington, Fitzpatrick found Hunter streaking into the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown.
Hunter led the Titans with 114 yards on four receptions, but after his touchdown, the team was unable to keep pace with the Broncos. Prater capped another long scoring drive with a 19-yard field goal less than two minutes into the third quarter, and a fumble by Johnson seven plays later led to a touchdown pass from Manning to Eric Decker.
Finally, the Broncos ended the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run by Montee Ball.
Tennessee Titans 28 at Denver Broncos 51
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Sports Authority Field at Mile High | Denver, CO