Denver 34, Cleveland 12

Date - 4:05 PM EST, Sunday, December 23, 2012
Location - Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Temperature - 51°
Head Official - Alberto Riveron
Attendance - 76351

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland 3 0 3 6 12
Denver 7 7 7 13 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 5-10 4-4 1-6 L2
Denver 12-3 6-1 6-2 W10

Recap


Broncos 34, Browns 12:
Peyton Manning went 30-for-43 for 339 yards and three touchdowns as host Denver closed in on a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

Demaryius Thomas caught nine passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and Eric Decker added a pair of scoring receptions for the Broncos (12-3), who have won 10 straight. Denver leads the New England Patriots (11-4) by one game for the No. 2 seed with one game to play.

Brandon Weeden completed 12 of 19 passes for 104 yards before being knocked out in the third quarter with a shoulder injury for Cleveland (5-10). Trent Richardson rushed for 53 yards to pass Jim Brown (942) for the most by a rookie in franchise history.

Manning drove the Broncos 80 yards on each of their first two drives, finding Thomas for a 22-yard score to cap the first and hitting Decker with a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it a 14-3 lead on the second.

The Browns would drive for a field goal to start the third quarter but Manning and Denver responded with a 12-play, 91-yard drive to make it a 21-6 gap. A 27-yard field goal and Jacob Hester’s 1-yard touchdown run with 12:14 left put it away.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
The Broncos do not own the tiebreaker over the Patriots and will need to win next week at home against the NFL-worst Kansas City Chiefs to lock up the No. 2 spot. Denver can also secure the No. 1 seed with a win and a loss by Houston at Indianapolis. … Denver’s 10-game winning streak is the longest for the franchise since the 1998 Super Bowl-winning team started out 13-0. … Cleveland QB Colt McCoy came on in relief of Weeden and threw a touchdown pass to Greg Little with eight minutes left in the game.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Cleveland   Denver
Trent Richardson Player Knowshon Moreno
9 Attempts 22
53 Yards 78
5.9 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 0
14 Long 19
Receiving
Cleveland   Denver
Greg Little Player Demaryius Thomas
6 Receptions 9
58 Yards 102
9.7 Avg Yards 11.3
1 Touchdowns 1
21 Long 23

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cleveland 233 91 142 1 2 1 0.0 0
Denver 457 118 339 4 2 0 6.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game at home against Kansas City . The Broncos have a W/L % of .800 after a win and .800 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Browns have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.