DENVER - The Eagles struggled in every facet of the game - offense, defense and special teams - during a 52-20 loss to Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Broncos set a team record for points scored in a game. The 52 points were the most allowed by the Eagles since a 62-10 loss to the New York Giants in 1972.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning continued his outstanding start to the season by throwing four touchdown passes. He now has 16 TD passes and no interceptions on the season. He's the first NFL player to accomplish the feat since Milt Plum in 1960.

The Broncos (4-0) also scored two touchdowns on special teams. Trindon Holliday returned a kickoff 105 yards for a TD in the first quarter. It was the longest kickoff return ever allowed by the Eagles, topping the 104-yarder by Buddy Young of the Baltimore Colts in 1953.

Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson blocked a punt in the fourth quarter and returned it 17 yards for a TD. He became the first Eagles' opponent to do so since Buffalo's Gabe Northern accomplished the feat in 1996.

The Eagles allowed more than 40 points against the Broncos in their last three visits to Denver, suffering a 49-21 loss in 2005 and a 41-16 setback in 1998.


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