DENVER -- A record-breaking field goal got the Broncos back on track Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
As time expired in the first half,
"Everybody was saying, 'It's not the game-winning field goal,'" linebacker
Two quarters later, Denver had a 51-28 victory, moving the club to 11-2 on the season and securing a playoff berth in the process.
“That’s our goal," Head Coach John Fox said of the playoffs. "But our goal is still to win the division and obviously get the best seed we can. Our biggest goal is to get to the big game and win the big game.”
The 51 points tied for the second-most in team history and made the Broncos the first team since the 1970 NFL merger to score at least 50 points three times in a season.
The offense ran 91 plays -- the most in team history in a non-overtime game -- and in the process gained 551 yards, marking the sixth-most in a game in team history.
“Well, you score 51 points, so you’re doing something right," said quarterback
For the second week in a row, the Broncos found themselves in an early hole.
The Titans led by as many as 11 in the first half thanks to three rushing touchdowns -- two courtesy of Shonn Greene and one from Chris Johnson. At that point, the Broncos had managed a
“We went through some adverse situations in that first – we have to find a better way to hold them to field goals there and not give them momentum," defensive tackle
It started with a 10-play drive that
"We know what we have the capability and potential to do if we were executing," said Thomas, who set a new Broncos record for touchdown catches by a tight end with 11. "All year, we’ve been proving that if we get things going, that we’ll be explosive and we’ll put points up on that scoreboard. So we’re not going to get down if we’re down 14 points, or whatever the situation was. Just going to keep fighting and we know we’ll be able to put it in the end zone.”
After a Titans three-and-out -- one of four the defense forced -- Prater's field goal fired up the team at the half.
"You felt the energy in the stadium as we ran off the field," Fox said. "No doubt that energized our football team.”
On the opening drive of the third quarter, Manning found
The ensuing eight-play drive culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run by
Tennessee wasn't finished, as a 41-yard strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Justin Hunter -- who finished the game with 114 receiving yards -- moved the Titans back to within six.
But that was as close as Tennesee would get.
Now, the playoff-bound Broncos prepare for the AFC West-rival San Diego Chargers on a short week. The matchup comes in just four days on Thursday Night Football.
"We're just trying to keep pushing," Miller said. "We're not worried about playoffs. We want to take care of San Diego right now. Continue to take it one play at a time. We don't want to bite off more than we can chew. That's what's been working for us, so we're going to stick to it."