Ten years from now when followers of the NFL look back on the record-setting offensive performance of the 2013 Broncos, will the names of Clark, Beadles, Ramirez, Vasquez and Franklin be mentioned in the same breath with Peyton Manning?

Probably not, but the team's offensive linemen understand they're the no-name part of the Broncos' offensive machine.

"That's the nature of our position," right guard Louis Vasquez said when asked if the Broncos' offensive linemen are destined for mention in NFL history. "We know it from playing football for so long that we're not going to get the accolades. We know it starts up front. Even the players who get the accolades know that everything stems from up front."

"That's always how our position is," said Zane Beadles, who plays left guard. "We're happy to be part of it. We couldn't have done what we did (as an offense) without us doing our jobs up front."

The numbers tell the story. Fifty-five touchdown passes and 5,477 yards passing by Manning, 606 points scored as a team, all NFL records for a season. The work of Denver's offensive line made it all possible. Manning was sacked only 18 times.

If the minimal sack total isn't enough to get attention, Broncos coach John Fox offered a historical perspective as to what will.

"It struck me when we were in Oakland the other day," Fox said. "They honored their 1983 Super Bowl championship team before the game. People remember Super Bowl champions."

But first, Denver needs to win a couple of playoff games Fox didn't have to hint at what lies ahead if the Broncos want to enter the NFL history books.