Manning leads AFC's Players of the Month

New York, NY ( - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis and Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Dexter McCluster were named AFC Players of the Month for December.

Manning completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 1,755 yards and 19 touchdowns with three interceptions. He had a passer rating of 116.5 and helped the Broncos to a 4-1 record in the month.

The 16-year veteran led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC while he set new records for touchdown passes (55) and passing yards (5,477) in a season.

Mathis, the Defensive Player of the Month, had 17 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles as the Colts went 4-1 in the month. He became the all-time leader in career sacks for Indianapolis with 108 and led the league with 19 1/2 to take home the first ever Deacon Jones Award, given to the sack leader.

McCluster, the Special Teams Player of the Month, returned 12 punts for 232 yards and a touchdown. He ranked first in the AFC and second in the NFL with a 19.3 punt return average in the month.