He’s done it again. He’s given another reason why he is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos made history on Sunday night with 3:09 left in the second quarter is when he broke the all-time touchdown record.
Anticipation was built up in the first quarter when Manning threw a pair of scores, one to Emmanuel Sanders and another to Wes Welker for three yards and 39 yards respectively, tying the record at 508.
Nearing the end of the second half, Peyton delivered an eight-yard strike on an out route to Demaryius Thomas. This touchdown pass set Manning atop the all-time touchdown leaders list.
He finished the game with 318 passing yards and four TD’s as the Broncos steamrolled over the 49ers 42-17.
That sets the new record at 510 touchdowns.
According to ESPN.com, the retired Brett Favre, who held the old record at 508, tweeted after the game, “Well deserved Peyton. Congratulations on breaking my record. #Onto600.”
It was only three years ago that Manning had a very serious spinal fusion surgery which was potentially career ending. He not only recovered, but has reclaimed his reputation as being an elite NFL passer.
Records aren’t set in stone and are made to be broken. Manning’s new record however will stand alone for quite some time, seeing as that among active players, the closest to his 510 mark is Drew Brees, with 374 and Tom Brady with 372 and Peyton’s record will only continue to rise as long has he is still taking snaps.