Oct 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) waves to the crowd as he runs off the field after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Peyton Manning is simply magical.
On a night when the Denver Broncos anticipated the breaking of one of the most impressive records in professional sports, Manning delivered in impressive fashion and he didn’t wait all that long. Manning connected on two quick touchdown passes for the Broncos, and before halftime, he hit Demaryius Thomas for an NFL record-breaking 509th career touchdown pass, a mark that was previously held by the great Brett Favre.
Manning’s three touchdown passes weren’t the end of his masterful night, as he added a 510th career touchdown pass with a beautiful strike to Demaryius Thomas, who caught the record-breaker.
It was a fitting night for Manning and the Broncos, who absolutely crushed the 49ers. Manning had as many incompletions (four) as he did touchdown passes and he was sharp as ever, hitting a variety of different receivers and sending the Broncos into victory lane with a beautiful third-quarter drive that lasted 12 plays and over seven minutes before Brock Osweiler took over for the night.
Manning finished the night with 22 completions for 318 yards, four touchdowns, and a near-perfect rating of 157.2. I’m not sure what more he would have had to do in order to have a perfect rating, but Manning certainly looked perfect through three quarters of play in which he was dominant, and in which he also made history for the NFL.
It’s incredible to watch this guy work on a weekly basis, but Manning’s legacy on the NFL is far greater than anyone can really quantify. He has broken a record with plenty of time to spare. In typical Peyton Manning fashion, he’s going to set a near-unbeatable all-time touchdown pass mark with another phenomenal season in the works right now, and more to come.