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Broncos break record for most points in a season

Peyton Manning signaled at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Raiders.

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Peyton Manning signaled at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Raiders.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Denver Broncos have broken the NFL record for most points by a team in a season.

Peyton Manning threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 5:37 left in the second quarter to eclipse New England’s single-season mark of 589 set in 2007. Denver entered the game needing 18 points to surpass the Patriots’ mark.

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It was Manning’s third TD pass of the game, giving the Broncos a 24-0 lead. Matt Prater kicked a 34-yard field goal earlier in the second quarter to tie New England’s record.

Manning also entered the game needing 266 yards passing to better Drew Brees’ single-season mark of 5,476 set in 2011 with New Orleans. Manning broke Tom Brady’s single-season touchdown pass record last week by throwing his 51st.

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