Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Jalil Brown (30) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) )
DENVER—Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns Sunday to lift Denver to a 38-3 win over Kansas City that sealed the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Broncos.
Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards, only 41 short of his career high. He finished with 37 touchdown passes, and none will be more memorable than the last two—circus catches by Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas that turned the game into a blowout.
Denver (13-3) won its 11th straight and leaped past Houston for the top seed after the Texans lost to Indianapolis 28-16 earlier in the day.
The Chiefs gained only 119 yards all day and finished their season 2-14. They will get the top pick in April's draft.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) congratulates Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) after a touchdown in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) )
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