Posted December 22, 2013

Peyton Manning throws 51st TD pass of season, breaking Tom Brady’s record

AFC West, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning's previous career-high was 49 passing touchdowns.

Peyton Manning’s previous career-high was 49 passing touchdowns. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning has claimed yet another spot in the NFL’s record book. With four touchdown passes Sunday in Houston, Manning surpassed Tom Brady’s single-season TD record of 50, claiming the top spot for himself with one game left in the regular season. Manning also surpassed his previous career-high of 49 touchdowns, which stood as the record from 2004 until Brady broke it in ’07.

The record-tying touchdown toss was far from a cheap one. After play-action and then a pump fake, Manning dropped a perfect rainbow pass in to Eric Decker, who managed to secure the ball and tiptoe his way along the sideline. It was Decker’s 10th touchdown catch of the season.

Manning then cemented his place in history with a 25-yarder to tight end Julius Thomas late in the fourth quarter. He was greeted by a swarm of congratulations from his teammates once he reached the sideline.

Manning named 2013 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year | Past winners

Manning also could jump to the top of the single-season list for passing yards next week. He’ll need 265 yards against the Raiders to tie Drew Brees there.

Denver entered Sunday needing 54 points as a team over two games to tie the same ’07 Patriots for the most scored in a season: 589. They hung 37 on the Texans, meaning that they need just 18 in Week 17 to claim that team mark.

29 comments
espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

I guess you can say Im a fan of greatness.   Even though Im not a pats or packers fan I wanted them to go 16-0 and win the superbowl. I loved watching every Michael Jordan game,  I want Lebron James to win 6 rings, I wanted Michael Phelps to be the most decorated olympian of all time. 

There comes a time in sports where people should put aside their team biases and sit back and  appreciate what these spectacular athletes are achieving.  It should be why we watch sports. 


Peyton Manning is one of the classiest players to ever play the game and although I understand the league is different than it used to be the way he dissects defenses if just fun to watch.  The guy has had 4 neck surgeries who knew if hed even ever play again.  I realize he only has 1 superbowl but you know what its a team sport, its not golf or tennis.  I dont knock him for only having 1...Dan Marino would love to have 1.  


In my book hes the greatest of all time and nobody could convince me otherwise 

Mike26
Mike26

Manning's been a great player for a long time.  Never one to have a cannon, it's amazing what he's done this year considering his difficulty in completing a pass IN THE AIR over 40 yards.  The Decker catch wasn't a catch - it was moving throughout the play and long after he went out of bounds (Manning would have gotten another one later anyway - just sayin').  That proceeded the Adams interception that wasn't an interception (much greater effort by Adams to make the play - much more than Decker's bobble).  


Anyway, Manning's been great a long time and in about 7 years he'll be a first-ballot HOF'er - and deservedly so.

Perry E
Perry E

This could not have happened to a nicer guy. He is a good role model, a good player, and his work ethic and drive are better than almost any other player I can recall. Maybe Jerry Rice? Great job Peyton! I am not an Indy or Bronco's fan, but you do not have to be a fan to recognize greatness and we are so fortunate to be watching one of the greatest eras of football with players like Peyton, Drew, Tom Brady, Tony Gonzalez and a slew of other first year eligible, guaranteed to be inducted HOF'ers. Regardless of what the Broncos do in the post season, this one has been a very memorable year!

radioactivez0r
radioactivez0r

Now they just have to do what the 07 Patriots failed to do, or the records don't mean a whole lot.

JasonCarrier
JasonCarrier

@JACKJAES 


You mean Montana right?

Captain One and Done has a bit more to do, like not going one and done for a 9th time in the playoffs.

JeffMarlowe
JeffMarlowe

@Mike26lol.the Decker catch WAS a catch as he had full control of the ball through the back of the end zone. The ball was held against his hand...secured..and when he moved it after going out of bounds it was a conscience decision, not a necessity to secure a loose ball. Nothing in the rules say that a Secure ball is defined solely
by cradling the ball like a baby. Secure is secure even it ot is held against the helmet.


The Adams INT was brilliant. Both feet down and ball controlled to the ground, confirmed by replay.


Thank you. Move along,

Matthew W
Matthew W

@psychsports 

Once in a generation that can't beat his generation's quintessential QB, Tom Brady. 

Brady OWNS Peyton


Peyton has a LOSING record in the playoffs

yeah....once in a lifetime.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@psychsports take your stupid blog spam and go away...no one GAF what you think.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@radioactivez0rSo every guy in every record book in every sport should have his record diminished if his team did not win a championship that year?   Nice logic.

Leo3
Leo3

@JasonCarrier @JACKJAES Agreed. Everyone already knows that Manning can set the world on fire in the regular season. Every great player agrees that the game is much harder when playoff time comes. Manning has yet to prove that he can shine in those tough situations.  

Matthew W
Matthew W

@JoeCabot@Leo3


His little brother is 2 for 2 in Superbowls....

Dilfer is 1 for 1....

Flacco is 1 for 1....

 Peyton isn't even the best QB in his own family let alone of all time or his generation. Brady OWNS him in his generation and Peyton can't hold Montana's jock. 

Peyton puts up numbers when they're meaningless. He has a LOSING record in the playoffs and can't beat the Pats. He's your QB....only when the game doesn't matter. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Leo3 Uh, he has led two teams to the Super Bowl and won one of them.  Some would call that shining.

Cool
Cool

@Leo3 @JasonCarrier @JACKJAES If it had been Manning who was on the field, trying to cover a wide receiver while Flacco basically threw a hail mary, and it it was Manning who allowed that catch to be made, I would say your comment was relevant, but the fact remains, it was Manning who kept them in the game and had it won.  Can't do much sitting on the sideline.