Manning and the Broncos put Tennessee Titans on ice 51-28

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DENVER — Peyton Manning can’t play in the cold.

At least, that’s been the narrative for much of this season. But as the Denver Broncos quarterback carved up the Tennessee Titans’ defense for 397 yards and four touchdowns Sunday afternoon, despite temperatures below 20 degrees, it looked like Bronco haters’ expectations were due for yet another adjustment.

The 51-28 win locks in a playoff berth for Denver, though they don’t own the No. 1 seed quite yet. But since the only teams left on the schedule (San Diego, Houston and Oakland) have losing records, that conversation may not be far away.

The Broncos went into halftime down 21-20, but the real story of the first half was Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal – the longest in NFL history. From there, the Titans collapsed, putting up only seven more points while the Broncos reeled off 31.

To be fair, the Broncos were far from flawless. The Denver defense was torched outright on several occasions, while the offense had obvious trouble punching the ball into the end zone from one yard out.

But in the end, a chilly Peyton Manning looked once again to be a better QB than most of the other guys in the league – at any temperature.

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