Manning's three TD passes help Broncos top Bucs
- Associated Press
- Published: Dec. 2, 2012 at 08:28 p.m
DENVER -- Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, including one to defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, to help the Denver Broncos wrap up the AFC West title with a 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
The Broncos (9-3) won their seventh in a row, and the Bucs' loss clinched the NFC South for the Atlanta Falcons, who won Thursday night.
Manning threw for 242 yards. He now has 29 touchdown passes on the season, moving him past Jake Plummer and John Elway for the most by a Denver quarterback in a single year.
Manning threw two of the scoring passes to Demaryius Thomas, who finished with eight catches for 99 yards.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller returned an interception for his first NFL score.
The Broncos held Bucs running back Doug Martin to 56 yards on 18 carries. Tampa Bay falls to 6-6.