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Putting Peyton's Historic Night In Perspective

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Age is but a number for Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images.
Age is but a number for Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images.

We all know that Denver’s Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in the Broncos’ victory Thursday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. But what makes this feat even more amazing is that Manning did it at the age of 37.

Ironically, the two other QBs who have thrown for seven TD passes in a game were both in their 30s when they accomplished the feat. Y.A. Tittle did it in 1962 just four days after his 36th birthday. Joe Kapp was 31 in 1969 when he tossed seven TD passes for the Minnesota Vikings against Baltimore.

Manning became the ninth QB age 35 or older to thrown for five or more TDs in a game. It was the 13th time since 1960 that an NFL QB age 35 or older had five or more TD passes in a game. George Blanda had five or more TD passes in a game four times at age 35-plus; Tittle did it twice, as did Warren Moon. Other QBs, in addition to Peyton Manning, who had five or more TD passes in a game at age 35 or older were Brett Favre, Rich Gannon, Babe Parilli, Vinny Testaverde and Kurt Warner.

With his seven TD passes in the opening game of the season, Manning now has thrown 44 TD passes at age 35 or older. That moved him into 26th place on the list of QBs who have the most TD passes at age 35 or older. Manning will set his sets on breaking into the Top 25 as next on the list is Phil Simms with 48.

Here’s a list of the NFL QBs who have the most TD passes at age 35 and older (from 1960 to current).

Brett Favre, 155
Warren Moon, 140
George Blanda, 124
John Elway, 101
Y.A. Tittle, 90
Kurt Warner, 89
Vinny Testaverde, 85
Fran Tarkenton, 76
Doug Flutie, 72
Steve Young, 71