Prater, Manning lead Broncos, 51-28 over Tennessee
DENVER (AP) - Unbothered by the freezing weather, Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal and Peyton Manning threw four more touchdown passes Sunday, lifting the Denver Broncos to a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The temperature was 14 degrees when Prater kicked his record setter to close the first half and pull Denver within 21-20.
Manning opened the third quarter by leading the Broncos on a pair of touchdown drives, and the Broncos (11-2) easily wrapped up a playoff spot.
Denver's quarterback set a franchise record with 39 completions and finished with 397 yards.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 172 yards for the Titans (5-8), who went 73 yards in five plays to score on the game's first drive and led 21-10 in the middle of the second quarter.
Wes Welker leaves Broncos game with concussion
DENVER (AP) - Broncos receiver Wes Welker left Sunday's game against Tennessee before halftime with a concussion.
Welker went low to try to make a catch late in the second quarter and Titans safety Bernard Pollard hit him in the helmet as he went down to break up the pass.
Welker had caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown before he got injured.
He walked off the field under his own power but did not come back after halftime. It is his second concussion in four weeks. He left the Nov. 17 game against Kansas City but played the next week.
PRATER'S 64-YARD FIELD GOAL
Prater kicks record 64-yard field goal
DENVER (AP) - Denver kicker Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal as the first half expired in the Broncos' game against Tennessee on Sunday.
Prater's kick on a clear day in 14-degree weather with nary a hint of wind barely cleared the crossbar. He and holder Britton Colquitt jumped in jubilation as their teammates rushed into the tunnel for halftime.
The record-breaking kick cut Tennessee's lead to 21-20 at the break.
The 64-yarder bested the record of 63 set by New Orleans' Tom Dempsey in 1970 and tied by Denver's Jason Elam in 1998, Oakland's Sabastian Janikowski in 2011 and San Francisco's David Akers last season.
Janikowski's and Elam's kicks also came in Denver's thin air.
NEW MEXICO BOWL
Colorado State accepts invite to New Mexico Bowl
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Colorado State will play Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.
The Mountain West Conference's Rams (7-6) also played in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, which was the team's last trip to the postseason. The Rams defeated Fresno State 40-35.
The Cougars (6-6) are playing in a bowl for the first time since 2003. Washington State finished the regular season with a 27-17 loss to rival Washington in the Apple Cup, but the team doubled its total wins from the year before - showing steady progress under second-year coach Mike Leach.
While the Cougars were bowl eligible, it did not mean they were guaranteed a postseason berth. Nine teams from the Pac-12 were eligible with just seven conference bowl spots.
SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA-COLORADO ST
Colorado St breezes by SW Oklahoma 109-55
FORT COLIINS, Colo. (AP) - Six players scored in double figures, including J.J. Avila, who scored 27 points and Colorado State breezed past Southwestern Oklahoma State 109-55 on Sunday afternoon.
Avila went 11-of-14 from the field, while Ram teammates Joe De Ciman scored 15 and Jon Octeus added 14 points.
Colorado St. (7-3) built a 30 point lead in the first before settling for a 52-28 lead at the break. The Rams hit 58 percent of their goal attempts in the half while holding the Bulldogs to just-under 30 percent from the field.
There was no stopping Colorado in the second half and the lead was extended to 54 points at the buzzer, nearly doubling SW Oklahoma's output.
Michael Bradley was the only player in double digits (10 points) for the Division II Bulldogs, while Rod Camphor and TreVante O'Neal added nine apiece.
Santorelli scores 2 in Canucks' 3-1 win over Avs
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Mike Santorelli scored two goals and added an assist in the Vancouver Canucks' 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
The Canucks (17-10-5) earned their fifth win in sixth games and moved within a point of the Avalanche (20-8) in the tight Western Conference standings.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost for the first time in eight decisions this season. The Avalanche were beaten for just the third time in nine games.
Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who were outshot 29-21.
Jamie McGinn had the lone goal for Colorado, scored with only 7.1 seconds left. That kept Roberto Luongo from earning his 65th NHL shutout. He is 14-8-5 this season.
Giguere's 7-0 start was a career best as a Colorado franchise record.
The Canucks, criticized by coach John Tortorella following Friday's overtime win over Phoenix for an ongoing inability to finish out wins, broke open a tight game with two goals in the third.
MEN'S WORLD CUP
Ligety edges Miller to win World Cup giant slalom
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Ted Ligety turned in a flawless final run to win a fourth straight World Cup race, edging U.S. teammate Bode Miller.
Ligety completed the technical course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 35.77 seconds on Sunday, eclipsing Miller by 1.32 seconds. Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.
Moments after Miller took the lead with a hard-charging pass through the course, Ligety thrilled the capacity crowd in Beaver Creek, Colo., with a furious run of his own, leaning across the finish line.
It's the first time the Americans have placed two skiers on a GS podium since 2005, when Miller and Daron Rahlves went 1-2.
Ligety also became the first to capture four straight World Cup giant slalom races since Italy's Alberto Tomba accomplished the feat in 1991.
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