The Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has tonight broken the record for the most touchdown passes in NFL history, he threw his 509th in the Broncos victory over San Francisco 49ers. It was his third of the game as his eight yard pass was caught by Demaryius Thomas and that took him past the record previously held by Brett Favre.
He reached the record in his 246th game, 56 fewer games than Favre. Manning went into the game with 506 and needed just four drives to break the record.
He added another, his fourth touchdown pass of the game which was again caught by Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos dominated the match winning 42-17 to improve their record to (5-1) for the season and consolidate their position in first in the AFC West.
Peyton Manning went on to complete 22 of 26 passes and finished with 318 passing yards as the Broncos blew out 49ers
Peyton Manning now holds the record for the most touchdown passes in NFL history, he moved two ahead of Brett Favre. They are the only two players to have thrown more than 500 touchdown passes.
“It’s quite an honor. I do have great appreciation for the quarterbacks that have played this game throughout the years. So I’m honored just to play the position. It’s very humbling,” Manning said of the record after the game.
“I think Brett has always known he’s one of my favorite players. He played the position with so much passion and just great toughness and great productivity as a quarterback. So I just want to tell him thanks, and I’m honored to sort of join this club with him.”
Manning reached the milestone in just his 246th regular-season game – Favre needed 302.
Favre was quick to congratulate Manning after the game when he tweeted:
— Brett Favre (@Favre4Official) October 20, 2014
Broncos fans erupted when Manning connected with Thomas for a touchdown that with the extra point put the Broncos up 21-3 with 3:09 remaining in the second quarter.
Favre said he enjoys watching Manning go to work on the TV at home.
“He’s a throwback, a pocket passer, in a mobile quarterback league,” Favre said.
“Peyton’s one of the last guys to play the way he does. And at 38, he’s still the best at what he does.”
Denver coach John Fox paid tribute to the lynchpin of his team.
“It was pretty special to witness such an accomplishment,” Fox said.
“This was probably our most complete game to date, both offensively, defensively, as well as the kicking game.”