Peyton Manning Sets Touchdown Record
By Allen Kim
Peyton Manning has set the regular season touchdown record with 51 after throwing for 400 yards and four touchdowns against the Houston Texans. The record-setting touchdown came on a 25-yard strike to a streaking Julius Thomas along the right sideline with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Manning got hot in the fourth quarter, throwing three touchdowns in a span of nine minutes. Coach John Fox opted to rest Manning with Brock Osweiler after Matt Schaub threw a late pick and the team up 37-13.
The Denver Broncos were able to clinch the AFC West and a first-round playoff bye behind Manning’s record-setting season, but they’ll still need to beat the Oakland Raiders in Week 17 if they hope to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
The Broncos are the only team in NFL history to have at least four players with double-digit touchdowns. Eric Decker made that five players after he scored twice today.
Manning and the Broncos are also on the verge of breaking two more records. Manning is 265 passing yards from breaking Drew Brees’ record, and the Broncos would need to score 18 points to break the New England Patriots’ scoring record from 2007.