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Manning leads Broncos’ 52-20 rout of Eagles

September 30, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos scored more points than they ever had in their 54-year history on Sunday, blowing out the Eagles 52-20.

With two TD passes each to Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Manning completed all but a half dozen of his 34 throws for 327 yards.

Just another day in the life of Manning, whose 16 TD passes are the most in the first month of a season, beating the previous mark of 14 set by Don Meredith in 1966 and matched by Kurt Warner in 1999.

Manning also joined Milt Plum in 1960 as the only quarterbacks to throw that many touchdown passes without an interception.

The Broncos have piled up 49, 41, 37 and 52 points in their opening four wins, thanks mostly to Manning, who’s off to the best start of his career and helped Denver outgain Michael Vick and the Eagles 472 yards to 450.

Matt Prater’s 53-yard field goal capped Denver’s 15th straight regular-season win, which beat the club mark of 14 set in 1997-98 and also broke the previous club scoring record of 50 points set against San Diego on Oct. 6, 1963.

At Houston, Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Texans and the first 4-0 start in the club’s history.

The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit.

The Patriots beat the Falcons 30-23 to improve to 4-0, with Tom Brady throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta rallied from a 30-13 deficit and had a chance to equalize in the final minute, but Matt Ryan’s fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining.

Detroit moved into a share of first place with Chicago in the NFC North with a 40-32 win over the Bears at home, and the Chargers held off the Cowboys 31-20 at San Diego.

The Vikings held off the Steelers 34-27 in London, with Greg Jennings making two touchdown catches.

Playing at Wembley Stadium, Everson Griffen stripped Ben Roethlisberger on the 6-yard line with 19 seconds left. Kevin Williams recovered to seal the victory.

In other matches Sunday, Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before being taken to the hospital with an injured right hip in the Titans’ 38-13 win over the Jets, the Redskins had a comeback 24-14 win over the Raiders with Robert Griffin III throwing a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter, the Bills beat the Raves 23-20, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Buccaneers 13-10, the Browns beat the Bengals 17-6, the Chiefs had a 31-7 win over the Giants and the Colts pounded the Jaguars 37-3.

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