BRONCOS 31

TEXANS 13 -- Rod Smith caught the history-making touchdown, turned to the stands and handed the ball to his sister. For the hard-working Denver Broncos wide receiver, that was about as big as the celebration would get.

Smith became Denver's career leader in both receptions (676) and touchdown catches (56) Sunday and Jake Plummer threw for four scores to help the Broncos snap a two-game losing streak with a 31-13 victory over the Houston Texans.

"It's a privilege to be on the same field as that guy," Plummer said of Smith, a 10-year veteran who started out as an undrafted rookie and spent his first year on Denver's practice squad.

Smith, a man of few words who held a rare news conference after his landmark game, insisted the win was more important to him than the records, and maybe he was right.

The Broncos (6-3) stayed tied with San Diego for the AFC West lead and, more importantly, they avoided heading into their bye next week on a three-game losing streak.

"We knew we definitely can't go into the bye week with that hanging over our head," Smith said. "You will not enjoy it."

Houston (4-4), meantime, was hoping for the first three-game winning streak in franchise history and a taste of first place in the AFC South. Instead, the Texans got overmatched and outplayed, falling behind big before halftime and committing a team-record 109 yards in penalties.

Kailee Wong of the Texans tries to force a fumble by Broncos' Reuben Droughns, who ran for 120 yards.