Peyton Manning Named AFC Offensive Player Of The Month

CHirs Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos quarterback was dominant as teams clinched #1 overall seed in the AFC Playoffs

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December, the National Football League announced on Thursday.

Manning completed 123-of-174 passes (70.7%) for 1,399 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions (108.4 rtg.) in the month of December while leading Denver to a 5-0 record and the top seed in the AFC. He became just the third quarterback in NFL history (Kurt Warner, 2001/Drew Brees, 2011) to lead his team to a perfect record in the final month of the season while passing for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in addition to completing 70 percent of his passes.

In December, he led all AFC passers in completion percentage (70.7% - 7% higher than the next closest passer), yards per attempt (8.0), touchdowns (11), first-down percentage (42.0%) and passer rating 108.4 (18.1 points higher than the next closest player).

The honor represents the second of the year for Manning and the sixth such distinction of his career, tying him for the most conference Player of the Month accolades in NFL history since the award's inception in 1986.

NFL PLAYERS WITH SIX CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARDS, NFL HISTORY (Since 1986)

Player

Type

Conf.

Peyton Manning*

Offensive

AFC

Barry Sanders

Offensive

NFC

Bruce Smith

Defensive

AFC

Tom Brady*

Offensive

AFC

Brett Favre

Offensive

NFC

Aaron Rodgers*

Offensive

NFC

Steve Young

Offensive

NFC

*active

PEYTON MANNING'S DECEMBER GAME LOGS

Opp. (Date)

Res.

Att.

Cmp.

Pct.

Yds.

TD

Int.

Rtg.

vs. T.B. (12/2)

W

38

27

71.1

242

3

1

103.2

at Oak. (12/6)

W

36

26

72.2

310

1

1

95.8

at Bal. (12/16)

W

28

17

60.7

204

1

0

94.9

vs. Cle. (12/23)

W

43

30

69.8

339

3

1

106.6

vs. K.C. (12/30)

W

29

23

79.3

304

3

0

144.8

TOTALS

5-0

174

123

70.7

1,399

11

3

108.4

PEYTON MANNING'S CAREER AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARDS

Year

Month

Passing Statistics

2003

September

4-0 rec., 82-122, 67.2%, 914 yds., 9 TDs, 3 INTs, 103.7 rtg.

2004

November

4-0 rec., 81-112, 72.3%, 1,035 yds., 19 TDs, 3 INTs, 129.3 rtg.

2006

October

4-0 rec., 98-135, 72.6%, 1,070 yds., 10 TDs, 1 INT, 117.2 rtg.

2009

September

3-0 rec., 66-96, 68.8%, 983 yds., 7 TDs, 2 INTs, 117.7 rtg.

2012

October

2-1 rec., 77-104, 74.0%, 951 yds., 9 TDs, 1 INT, 126.7 rtg.

2012

December

5-0 rec., 123-174, 70.7%, 1,399 yds., 11 TDs, 3 INTs, 108.4 rtg.

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