Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning, Matt Prater, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker set records

DENVER - The Denver Broncos and several of its players set records on Sunday during the game against the Tennessee Titans.

-- Matt Prater's field goal

The record everyone is talking about -- Matt Prater's long field goal.

At the end of the first half, with just three seconds left, Prater was called out to kick a field goal. A kick, he says, he didn't try to think about.

"It just kind of happened so quick," Prater said. "Just tried to blast it basically."

He did. Hitting a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record.

"It was so cold, I knew I hit it pretty good but I wasn’t sure with the cold and everything it was going to get there," Prater said. "I saw the ref’s hands go up and I can’t even explain what I felt after."

The old record, 63 yards, was first set in 1970 by Tom Dempsey. Since then, it's been matched three times, but never beat. One of those kickers holding the record was former Broncos kicker Jason Elam. After Prater's kick,  tweeted, "Way to go Matt Prater! Awesome! Way to keep it in the Broncos family! I'm very proud and excited for you!"

-- Peyton Manning playoff appearances

When the Broncos won the game, they clinched the team's 20th postseason berth and quarterback Peyton Manning secured his 13th season with a playoff appearance.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Manning has now passed quarterback Brett Favre for the most seasons making the playoffs by an NFL quarterback.

Favre had 12, Joe Montana had 11, Dan Marino had 10 and Tom Brady has 10.

-- More Manning records

Sunday, Manning completed 39-of-59 passes. 39 is a record for the most pass completions by a Broncos quarterback in a game.

With four touchdown Sunday, Manning tied Packers quarterback QB Aaron Rodgers for the fifth-most touchdowns (45) in a single season in NFL history. He'll need 50 to tie Tom Brady for the record.

-- Touchdowns in a season

When wide receiver Wes Welker caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter, the Broncos became the first team in NFL history with four players scoring at least 10 touchdowns in a season.

Knowshon Moreno and Julius Thomas have caught 11 touchdowns this season. Welker and Demaryius Thomas have 10 touchdowns this season. Eric Decker may also hit the mark before the season is over, he has eight touchdowns.

Welker's touchdown also set a personal record for Welker for most touchdowns in a season.

--  Tight end touchdowns

Julius Thomas also set a record for touchdown passes Sunday. When he caught his 11th touchdown pass of the season he passed Broncos great Shannon Sharpe for the most touchdowns in team history by a tight end.

Sharpe caught 10 touchdown passes in two seasons -- 1996 and 1998.

-- Broncos big scores are record setting

When the Broncos scored 51 points on Sunday, they brought the teams' season scoring total to 515 points -- the most in team history.

This is third time this year that the Broncos have scored 50 points or more in a game. The Broncos are the first team since the NFL merger to score at least 50 points in three different games in a season, team officials said.

Information and statistics courtesy the Denver Broncos.

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