Peyton Manning threw five touchdown passes - four to wide-out Eric Decker - as the Denver Broncos (10-2) beat the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) 35-28 on Sunday night.
The Broncos quarterback broke the 400-yard mark for the third time this season, throwing for 403 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
28 unanswered points for the Broncos in the second and third quarters seemed to take the game away from the Chiefs, but a fourth-quarter score by running back Jamaal Charles brought Andy Reid's team within a touchdown with 6:32 left on the clock.
But Manning's team held on for the win, thanks in no small part to a stellar career-day for wide receiver Eric Decker.
The fourth-year stand-out caught eight passes for 174-yards and four touchdowns - but Decker was quick to pay tribute to MVP-candidate Manning.
"I think he showed people why he's so great," Decker told ESPN. "How we run our offense, we're very versatile as far as going inside, outside, left, right, whatever it may be.
"Fortunately I had some play calls and took advantage of the opportunities I got."
Manning tossed his 41st touchdown pass of the season - smashing his franchise record of 37 in a single year - as he continues his relentless march on the record books.
The win moves the Broncos a game ahead of the Chiefs in the race for the AFC West division title.
Up next for Manning and the Broncos is a home tie against the Tennessee Titans while the Chiefs visit the Washington Redskins.
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