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Broncos handle Buccaneers to clinch AFC West

7:26 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning had three touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West with a 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Manning went 27-for-38 with 242 yards and an interception as the Broncos (9-3) won their seventh straight game and clinched their division for the second straight year and 12th time in franchise history. Also, Manning moved past Dan Marino for second place all-time for completions and now has 4,986 for his career.

Demaryius Thomas totaled eight catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while Knowshon Moreno had 69 yards on 20 carries and added four catches for 14 yards in the win.

Josh Freeman went 18-for-39 with 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, with Mike Williams and Dallas Clark each catching a scoring pass in the loss for the Buccaneers (6-6), who have dropped their past two games.

The loss by Tampa Bay allowed Atlanta to clinch the NFC South. The Falcons had defeated the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

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