ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Peyton Manning kept up his record pace for touchdown passes and Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired after an interception by Tony Romo spoiled the first 500-yard game in Dallas Cowboys history as the Broncos won a high-scoring NFL thriller 51-48 on Sunday.
"It was pretty amazing that it came down to the defense making a big play at the end," Denver coach John Fox said. "Thank God our offense kept us in the game all day long." In the waning seconds of one of the highest-scoring games in NFL history, Manning ensured that his kicker — not Romo — had the last chance to score.
And with that, the Broncos ran their total to 230 points this season — the most by an NFL team through the first five games. The Broncos (5-0) had moved the ball to the Dallas 2 after Danny Trevathan's diving interception at the 24 in the final 2 minutes.
Knowshon Moreno managed to pull off the first down without scoring, and Manning took three snaps to drain the clock to 2 seconds for Prater, who also had a 50-yarder among his three field goals. There was so much at stake over a measly yard in a game with 1,039 yards of total offense combined in the fourth-highest scoring game in NFL history and tied for the second-highest in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
Romo was 25 of 36 for 506 yards and five touchdowns, breaking Don Meredith's club record of 460 yards. He is the fifth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns in a game.
Manning, who threw for 414 yards and moved past Dan Marino for second on the career passing list with 61,371 yards, answered by leading a nine-play, 73-yard drive to Moreno's tying 1-yard score with 2:44 remaining.
Romo's interception came two plays later, when Trevathan dived in front of tight end Gavin Escobar. In a late-night start at Oakland, Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Charles Woodson equaled an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown as the Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 27-17.
Pryor got the Raiders off to a fast start in the latest starting West Coast game in NFL history with a 44-yard touchdown pass on Oakland's first play from scrimmage. The Raiders then used four forced turnovers, a goal-line stand, Woodson's 25-yard return of Danny Woodhead's fumble and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to beat the Chargers.
In other games, Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go in the Colts 34-28 win over the Seahawks, the New Orleans Saints remained unbeaten with a 26-18 victory at Chicago with Drew Brees throwing two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas and Jimmy Graham equaling an NFL record with another 100-yard game and the 49ers thrashed the Texans 34-3.
Elsewhere, the Bengals beat the Patriots 13-6 with BenJarvus Green-Ellis running 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown, the Chiefs had a 26-17 win over the Titans to maintain their best start to a season since 2003, the Ravens edged the Dolphins 26-23, the Packers had a 22-9 win over the Lions and Philadelphia kept the Giants winless with a 36-21 result at East Rutherford.
At Glendale, Arizona the Cardinals had a 22-6 win over the Panthers and, at St. Louis, the Rams beat the winless Jaguars 34-20 with Sam Bradford throwing three touchdown passes.
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