Manning's Broncos win Texas shootout

Updated: 2013-10-08 07:32

By Agence France-Presse in Dallas (China Daily)

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Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal to lift the Denver Broncos to a 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.

Peyton Manning's Broncos improved to 5-0 on the season, becoming one of three undefeated teams after Week 5 of the National Football League's regular season.

Manning posted his second 400-yard game of the season, leading the Broncos to their 16th straight regular season win and eighth consecutive on the road.

"We talked about at halftime that we needed to keep scoring," Manning said. "We kept scoring and we had the huge defensive play at the end."

Denver tied the game on a one-yard touchdown run from Knowshon Moreno with 2:39 remaining, and Dallas got the ball back on its own 20 with all three timeouts remaining.

But then Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw an interception to Danny Trevathan and Denver got the ball back on the Cowboys' 24 yard line.

After a 13-yard catch by Demaryius Thomas that took the ball to the Dallas 11, Denver faced a third-and-one at the two and Moreno's one-yard run gave the Broncos a fresh set of downs.

Quarterback Manning then ran the clock down to two seconds before calling a timeout, setting the stage for Prater's winning field goal in front of a crowd of 92,758.

With the victory, Denver joins the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints as the lone undefeated teams in the league.

The Broncos face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars at home next week.

The 37-year-old Manning finished the game 33-for-42 for 414 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw his first interception of the season.

He added a rushing touchdown, his first in almost five years.

"It was a bad decision," Manning said of the interception. "I thought I might be able to get one in there, but I didn't make a good throw."

Moreno finished with a total of 150 yards and a touchdown for Denver, which has scored 230 points through its first five games. Julius Thomas caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Decker had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Romo went toe-to-toe with Manning through much of the game, throwing for 506 yards and five TDs while completing 25 of 36 attempts. But his interception late in the game was fatal for the Cowboys.

Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored the lone touchdown to help the Bengals beat the New England Patriots 13-6, handing the Patriots their first loss of the season.

(China Daily 10/08/2013 page24)