Denver 31, Tampa Bay 23

Date - 4:05 PM EST, Sunday, December 2, 2012
Location - Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Temperature - 64°
Head Official - Terry McAulay
Attendance - 76432

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Tampa Bay 10 0 0 13 23
Denver 7 0 21 3 31

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 6-6 3-3 3-3 L2
Denver 9-3 5-1 4-2 W7

Recap


Broncos 31, Buccaneers 23: Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas during a 21-point third-quarter blitz and host Denver clinched the AFC West title.

Manning recorded 242 yards on 27-of-38 passing and posted his seventh three-touchdown game of the season to lead the Broncos (9-3) to their seventh consecutive victory and second straight division crown.

Thomas had eight receptions for 99 yards, including scoring passes of 8 and 10 yards, and Von Miller returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown to cap a 21-point spree in under 5 1/2 minutes that gave Denver a 28-10 lead with 3:56 to play in the third quarter.

Josh Freeman struggled for much of the second half but brought Tampa Bay (6-6) within 31-23 with his second touchdown pass, connecting with Mike Williams from 5 yards out 2:33 to play, but Denver recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Freeman finished 18-of-39 for 242 yards with two TDs and a pick while Connor Barth booted three field goals, including two of 50 or more yards for the Buccaneers, who lost their second straight and fell a game behind Seattle for the final playoff slot in the NFC. With the loss by Tampa Bay, Atlanta clinched the NFC South title.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Manning became the third quarterback in league history to win at least nine division titles, joining New England's Tom Brady and Hall of Famer Joe Montana. Brady won his 10th earlier Sunday to surpass Montana. ... Bucs S Ronde Barber made his 211th consecutive start, moving him past Jim Otto for the seventh-longest streak in history. ... The first of Manning's three scoring passes went to nose tackle Mitch Unrein. He has 29 TD passes for the season, eclipsing the franchise mark of 27 held by John Elway.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Tampa Bay   Denver
Doug Martin Player Knowshon Moreno
18 Attempts 20
56 Yards 69
3.1 Avg Yards 3.4
0 Touchdowns 0
9 Long 16
Receiving
Tampa Bay   Denver
Mike Williams Player Demaryius Thomas
6 Receptions 8
93 Yards 99
15.5 Avg Yards 12.4
1 Touchdowns 2
40 Long 28

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Tampa Bay 306 71 235 2 3 1 0.0 0
Denver 333 91 242 4 1 1 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Oakland. The Broncos have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.