SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards and finished with a career-high 172 yards, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a second straight NFC West title with a 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals yesterday. Brian Hoyer went 19 of 34 for 225 yards and a late TD toss in his first career NFL start as Arizona's fourth quarterback. The Cardinals lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games in what might have been Ken Whisenhunt's final game as head coach.
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DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns yesterday to lift Denver to a 38-3 win over Kansas City 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. The Chiefs gained only 119 yards all day.
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning's third touchdown throw yesterday was the 73rd time he's accomplished the feat in an NFL game, passing Brett Favre (farv) for most in a career. Demaryius Thomas hauled in a one-handed 13-yard TD toss that gave Denver a 28-3 lead over Kansas City early in the third. Manning threw two TD passes to Eric Decker in the first half. Manning also set franchise records for the most yards passing and most completions in a season, breaking marks set by Jay Cutler in 2008.
DENVER (AP) — Romeo Crennel (kreh-NEL') hobbled through the locker room as best he could on a bum knee, stopping long enough to hug offensive linemen and swap quick stories with anyone else in his path. As soon as today, he may find out whether he was saying goodbye for the last time. The Chiefs head coach said he has no idea what lies ahead, nor does he have any meetings set with management after Kansas City closed a dismal season. The Chiefs finished Crennel's first season 2-14.