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January 02, 2013


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL informed the Broncos on Wednesday.

Manning completed 23-of-29 passes (79.3%) for 304 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions (144.8 rtg.) in Denver’s AFC No. 1 seed-clinching 38-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. It marks the 23rd such honor of his career, tying him with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the most all-time since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.

Manning’s performance against the Chiefs included the highest passer rating (144.8) by an AFC quarterback this year, and his passing yards (304), completions percentage (79.3%), yards per attempt (10.5), touchdowns (3) and first downs (17) all ranked first among the conference’s signal callers in the final week of the regular season.

He finished the season with nearly every significant single-season franchise record, including ranking first in team annals in completions (400), passing yards (4,659), completion percentage (68.6%), touchdowns (37) and passer rating (105.9).

His accomplishment marks the 48th time a Bronco has received the honor and the first since running back Knowshon Moreno in Week 15. Additionally, the Broncos finished the regular season with the most Conference Players of the Week (8) in the entire NFL.

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