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Manning stars as Broncos down Eagles

RAISING THE BAR:It was a record-breaking day, as the Broncos scored their most points ever in a game, 52, and their longest winning streak ever with 15 victories

AFP, LOS ANGELES

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson, right, scores a touchdown past the Baltimore Ravens’ Corey Graham, left, and Jimmy Smith in their NFL game at Orchard Park, New York, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

The Denver Broncos set a franchise record for points in a game by beating Philadelphia 52-20, led by red-hot quarterback Peyton Manning’s four touchdown strikes.

Manning added to his record-setting touchdown total, racking up 16 through the first four games of the season to set an NFL benchmark.

“We felt really motivated to score points against these guys,” said Manning, who also registered his league-record 24th career game on Sunday with at least four passing strikes.

“We were motivated to be on top of our game offensively, to score points — touchdowns, not field goals — and I thought we did that today,” he added.

Manning was 28-of-34 for 327 yards and no interceptions. He tied Milt Plum’s mark for most touchdown passes to start a season without an interception, set in 1960 with the Browns.

Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas both caught two scores, while Knowshon Moreno ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Broncos, who improved to 4-0.

Denver have won 15 consecutive regular-season contests dating back to last season, setting a club record.

Quarterback Michael Vick threw for 248 yards on 14-of-27 passing for the Eagles, who fell to 1-3. Philadelphia lost their third straight game since opening the season with a victory over the Washington Redskins.

Vick did not last the game and was replaced in the fourth quarter by Nick Foles, who unlike Vick was able to pass for a touchdown when he hit Jeff Maehl from six yards out.

Denver blew the game open in the second half with 31 consecutive points thanks to Manning’s heroics.

He engineered three straight scoring drives, with each one ending in a touchdown pass to give Denver a commanding lead.

Manning completed all five passes on a 65-yard, seven-play series that culminated with a four-yard touchdown pass to Welker to make it 42-13.

In Kansas City, the Chiefs continued their surprising early-season success with a 31-7 rout of the New York Giants thanks to a stingy defense and a productive special teams unit.

Alex Smith shook off a pair of interceptions to throw three touchdown passes for the Chiefs, who are off to their best start to a season since 2003.

“On all three sides of the ball, we’re doing a good job of taking care of the ball, scoring points, taking the ball away, scoring on special teams,” Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said.

Smith threw for 288 yards on 24-of-41 passing, while Jamaal Charles rushed for 127 yards and caught one of Smith’s touchdown passes at Arrowhead Stadium as Kansas City improved to 4-0.

Dexter McCluster added a thrilling 89-yard punt return for a touchdown, while a swarming defense limited the last-placed Giants to just 298 total yards.

“Right now we’re 4-0 and the target is on our back, and we have to keep pushing,” Bowe said.

New York are now 0-4 for the first time since the 1987 season.

Steven Hauschka booted a 45-yard field goal with three minutes and 19 seconds left in overtime to rally the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks to a 23-20 win over the Texans in Houston.

Seattle scored the final 20 points and are undefeated after four games for the first time in franchise history.

In the late game on Sunday, New England held on to beat Atlanta 30-23.

In earlier contests, the Buffalo Bills edged Baltimore 23-20, Arizona defeated Tampa Bay 13-10, Indianapolis trounced Jacksonville 37-3 and Cleveland crushed Cincinnati 17-6.

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