Broncos dominate Browns 34-12 for tenth consecutive win
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DENVER - Peyton Manning and the Broncos were able to overwhelm the Browns on both sides of the ball, resulting in Denver's 10th consecutive win.
Denver seemed to be able to pick apart the Browns defense, scoring on the opening drive. The offense covered 80 yards to the end zone in eight plays over 2:50. The scoring play was a 22-yard pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Cleveland responded with a drive that seemed to put the Broncos defense on their heels, but were stalled by a false start penalty. They settled for a field goal with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter.
On the subsequent drive, which stretched into the second quarter, Manning again threw on the scoring play. That time, the wide receiver Eric Decker caught the ball in traffic at the back of the end zone for the score.
With 4:57 remaining in the second, Jim Leonhard fumbled the punt but was able to recover the football before a swarm of Browns dove onto him. The result had the Broncos starting deep in their own territory, the first sign of a drive that would end badly.
It ended in the opposite end zone with Peyton Manning's pass intended for Knowshon Moreno being intercepted by Usama Young in the end zone.
With only about 0:14 left in the first half, however, the Browns elected to take a knee and let the clock run down. They knew they'd get the ball back at the start of the third quarter.
On that possession, the Broncos defense was able to hold the Browns to a 53-yard field goal. Phil Dawson sent it through the uprights for 3 more points.
The following kickoff, for the second time, pinned the Broncos inside their own 10 yard line. This time, however, an errant pass was pulled down by wide receiver Brandon Stokley to keep the drive alive. Decker ended the drive with another reception and spun into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.
After sacking Colt McCoy, who replaced quarterback Brandon Weedon after a shoulder injury, the Broncos started their next drive at midfield. It concluded with Matt Prater's first field goal of the game, increasing his team's lead to 24-6.
The next Denver strike came quickly, after the Broncos recovered the kickoff that was fumbled by Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs. It led to a short drive and a rushing touchdown by Jacob Hester.
That stretched the lead to 31-6, but the Browns still had some fight in them. Wide receiver Greg Little caught a pass, spun down the field and stretched his arms out and over the goal line even as the Broncos tried to wrap him up. McCoy's attempt to keep the ball and run for a two-point conversion, however, was muffled by the Denver defense.
The Broncos had the last word, with a 41 yard field goal from Matt Prater to win the game 34-12.
Sunday's game was the 72nd time in Manning's career that he threw for three touchdowns. He finished the game with 339 yards on 30 of 43 attempts.
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