DENVER (CBS4) – He’s had some ups and downs over the past few months, but it turns out this is actually C.J. Anderson’s best season statistically in his career.

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C.J. Anderson (credit: CBS)

The veteran running back broke the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the first time on Sunday in the third quarter.

The season began with several fine games by Anderson, including a 118 yard rushing performance in Week 2 against Dallas. But his numbers slipped in the middle of the season, and in the Broncos’ Nov. 19 20-17┬áloss to the Cincinnati Bengals Anderson committed a costly fumble in the fourth quarter. After that, he broke down in tears in the locker room, blaming himself for the loss.

But Anderson has had a much better December, and he had his best game of the season in Week 15 in Indianapolis, carrying the ball a whopping 30 times for 158 yards.

He needed 54 rushing yards to record his first 1,000-yard rushing season heading into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos jumps over Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship in Denver on Jan. 19, 2014. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The last time a Broncos player recorded a 1,000+ yard rushing season was 2013. Knowshon Moreno had 1,038 yards on the ground that year.

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