Peyton Manning spent all afternoon putting the Broncos in the end zone during a wild shootout with Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.
The last time he got the ball, Manning kept Denver out of the end zone -- and that was the best way to win the game.
The four-time MVP kept up his record pace for touchdown passes, Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired after an interception by Romo spoiled the first 500-yard game in Dallas history, and the Broncos stayed unbeaten with a 51-48 victory Sunday in Arlington, Texas.
The Broncos (5-0) had moved the ball to the Dallas 2 after Danny Trevathan's diving interception at the 24 in the final 2 minutes.
Needing a first down but not a touchdown so they could run out the clock, Manning and Knowshon Moreno shouted at each other in the backfield just before the snap.
"He basically was asking me, 'How am I supposed to do that? How can I get a half a yard but not get a yard and a half?' " said Manning, who threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns to give him a record-setting 20 in the first five games.
"I just said, 'You can't! You can't score! You can't do it!' "
Moreno managed to pull off the first down without scoring, and Manning took three snaps to drain the clock to 2 seconds for Prater.
It was quite a debate over a measly yard in a game with 1,039 yards of total offense combined in the fourth-highest scoring game in NFL history and tied for the second-highest in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS. Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns' 58-48 win in 2004.
Manning moved past Dan Marino for second on the career passing list with 61,371 yards. Brett Favre is the leader at 71,838 yards.
Romo was 25 of 36 for 506 yards and five touchdowns, breaking Don Meredith's franchise record of 460 yards.
Giants reeling at 0-5
As Eli Manning walked to the sideline, his helmet in his hand after yet another interception, he looked like a beaten man.
He has been exactly that -- five times in as many games this season. His New York Giants fell to 0-5 for the first time since the 1987 strike-interrupted season with a 36-21 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday in which Manning was picked off three times in the fourth quarter. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has thrown 12 interceptions already.
With the season spiraling out of control, and a short week ahead -- the Giants play at Chicago on Thursday night -- Manning couldn't fathom how his team could be keeping company with Jacksonville at the bottom of the standings.
"We've got to keep working and start playing better football and put our team in a better situation," Manning said. "I still feel like guys are hanging in there tough, hanging in there strong, and doing all the preparations. But we're having mistakes, having bad plays, and doing too many things that are costing us the game."
The once mighty Giants' defense has given up at least 31 points in each of its first five games, tying an NFL record set by the Chicago Cardinals in 1954.
Green Bay's James Jones wouldn't be denied a Lambeau leap after a long touchdown catch. So when a Lions fan -- sitting in enemy territory, no less -- pushed the Bay Area product out of the stands after his 83-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter of a 22-9 win, the Packers receiver tried to make the traditional celebratory jump one more time.
"Yeah, man, a Detroit Lion fan pushed me out of there one time," Jones said. "I had to double jump."
Freeman to Vikings
Josh Freeman is headed to Minnesota. The quarterback's agent, Erik Burkhardt, revealed the move in a one-word tweet Sunday night, saying: "Vikings!!!"
Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.
Lights go out on Ravens
The lights went out on the Baltimore Ravens again Sunday, this time in their postgame interview room.
Coach John Harbaugh was talking about his team's 26-23 victory at Miami when quarterback Joe Flacco -- waiting to speak next -- leaned against a switch and inadvertently turned the lights off.
"I was thinking, 'Déjà vu all over again,' " Harbaugh said to laughter. A partial blackout in the Super Bowl last season delayed the Ravens' victory over the 49ers.
Jacksonville rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right ankle. The No. 2 overall draft pick in April was injured in the first quarter of a 34-20 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left the game against the New York Giants with a left hamstring injury. Nick Foles replaced Vick and led Philadelphia to a 36-21 win.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews left the Packers' 22-9 win over Detroit after the third quarter with a thumb injury.