Denver scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game. Wide receiver
TURNING POINT: One play after Manning was strip-sacked and the Panthers recovered, Miller broke into the backfield and hit Newton as he was releasing a pass. Carter jumped in front of the receiver, intercepted the pass and returned 40 yards for a touchdown. The play halted the Panthers' momentum and extended the Denver lead to 24-7.
KEY STATISTIC: Panthers went 0-for-12 on third downs.
QUOTABLE: “We don’t rely on just one guy, or offense or defense or special teams -- touchdowns can come from anywhere. You never know how Sunday’s going to go, you’ve just got to go out there and play football. That’s what we did.”
-Linebacker Von Miller
Denver earned its first season-sweep of the Chargers since 2005 with a 30-23 win, extending the team’s AFC West lead over second-place San Diego to three games.
The Broncos defense led the way in the win, stifling the Chargers on third downs. San Diego started the game 0-of-11 before finishing 3-of-16.
KEY STATISTIC: San Diego started the game 0-for-11 on third downs and finished 3-for-16.
Despite failing to top the 30-point mark for the first time in the team’s then six-game win streak, the Broncos defense kept the Chiefs out of the end zone on the way to a 17-9 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.
In his first start of the season, running back
KEY STATISTIC: Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn was held to just 126 passing yards and was intercepted once to finish with a quarterback rating of 49.8.
QUOTABLE: “They're not all going to be pretty. Sometimes you’re going to have those games. It’s just nice to come out of here with a win, because this is a tough place to play.”
-Wide Receiver Eric Decker
The team did just that, riding a 21-point third quarter to a 31-23 victory to claim its second divisional crown in as many seasons.
Two defensive players contributed to the scoring with defensive tackle
TURNING POINT: Miller's pick-six gave Denver a 28-10 lead with 3:56 to play in the third quarter.
KEY STATISTIC: The Broncos outscored the Buccaneers 21-0 in the third quarter to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 28-10 lead.
QUOTABLE: "(Clinching the AFC West) is a great accomplishment, a tribute to the staff and coaches in that locker room. They did a fantastic job. But we still have a whole quarter of the season left. We'll see what happens."
-Head Coach John Fox