Peyton Manning broke the NFL record for most yards passing in a season and helped make the Denver Broncos the highest-scoring team in league history.
Manning threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday to better Drew Brees’ mark of 5,476 set in 2011 with New Orleans. Manning’s 5-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas with 13 seconds remaining in the half gave him 5,477 yards passing this season.
That ended Manning’s day having completed 25-of-28 passes for 266 yards.
Last week, Manning broke Tom Brady’s single-season touchdown pass record by throwing his 51st. He finished with 55 touchdown passes.
The Broncos also broke the NFL record for points by a team in a season earlier in the second quarter when Manning threw a 63-yard TD pass to Thomas. Denver entered the game needing 18 points to eclipse New England’s single-season mark of 589 set in 2007. The Broncos finished with 606.
NEW CLUB MEMBER — Adam Vinatieri became the seventh NFL player to score 2,000 points and then passed a hall of famer and an old friend to move into fifth on the career list. The best clutch kicker in league history lived up to his title against Jacksonville, making all three field goals and all three extra points. Vinatieri, 41, finished with 2,006 points.
“Before the season I saw that 2,000 points lingering out there, but I didn’t really think about it or look at it too much until right here at the end,” he said. “That’s a selfish goal, obviously, to get to 2,000, but it’s a neat thing. There haven’t been a lot of guys to do it.”
He joined the club with a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, then passed George Blanda (2,002 points) with an extra point in the third quarter. He passed Matt Stover with a 39-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. Stover finished his career with 2,004 points.
With three more field goals Sunday, Vinatieri extended his career high from 32 to 35. His percentage of made field goals (87.5) was the fifth-best of his 18-year career and he finished 2013 with 139 points, the second most of his career.
HARTLINE INJURES KNEE — Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline left the game against the New York Jets with a left knee injury. Hartline, a former standout at GlenOak High School and Ohio State, was hurt in the first quarter Sunday when he was tackled at the end of a 25-yard reception that put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row. He limped off the field. He caught two passes for 38 yards to end the season with 76 receptions for 1,016 yards.
RYAN KEEPS JOB —Rex Ryan is staying put as coach of the New York Jets. Owner Woody Johnson announced after the team’s 20-7 win Sunday over the Dolphins that Ryan, who has one year remaining on his contract, will return next season. The decision ended several weeks of speculation surrounding the fate of the popular coach. It was not immediately clear if Ryan will coach through his existing deal or be given a contract extension.