Broncos' Peyton Manning has nearly 300 yards passing in first half

12:41 PM, Dec 22, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The Denver Broncos had the yards but not the points Sunday in the first half, settling for three Matt Prater field goals to take a 16-6 lead against Houston into halftime.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning had 296 yards passing in the first half (23-of-32), but just the one touchdown pass. Denver had 355 yards in the half to the Texans' 83. 

Manning got TD pass No. 48 on a 36-yard floater to Demaryius Thomas, who ran under the ball at the goal line to take a 10-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

During the quarter Manning notched his first 5,000-yard passing season. It's the seventh 5,000-yard season in NFL history.The NFL single-season record is 5,476 yards by Drew Brees in 2011.

The Broncos had to start their first drive on the 8-yard line after a holding call negated Trindon Holliday's 58-yard punt return. Manning threw passes on the first six plays, then got a 31-yard run from Moreno. But the drive stalled after 11 plays, and Denver settled for Matt Prater's 32-yard field goal to get on the board first.

Denver held Houston to three-and-out on its first two drives. But after Von Miller injured his knee in the second drive, the Texans were able to keep their third drive going and tied the game at 3-3 on a 45-yard field goal.

Miller went to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Denver's offensive line had three penalties in the first quarter, and the third ended Denver's second drive.

After the defense held Houston to another three-and-out, the Broncos got the ball back with 26 seconds and moved 43 yards to set up Prater's third field goal of the game on the final play of the half.

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