Broncos rout Chiefs, take AFC's top playoff seed

DENVER -- Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns Sunday to lift Denver to a 38-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs that sealed the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Broncos.

Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards, only 41 short of his career high. He finished with 37 touchdown passes, and none will be more memorable than the last two -- circus catches by Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas that turned the game into a blowout.

Denver (13-3) won its 11th in a row and leaped past Houston for the top seed after the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts 28-16 earlier in the day.

The Chiefs gained only 119 yards all day and finished their season 2-14. They will get the top pick in April's draft.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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