509–that’s the number they wanted. On Sunday, Denver’s quarterback, the legendary Peyton Manning, broke the NFL’s all-time career touchdown record held by Brett Favre against the San Francisco 49ers.
With 3:09 remaining in the second quarter, Manning threw the record-breaking pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead in a game Denver would win 42-17.
As if 509 wasn’t enough, Manning actually extended the record to 510 touchdown passes to Thomas in the third quarter, a pass of 40 yards.
“I’m very humbled, I’m very honored,” Manning told ESPN. “I certainly think about how grateful I am for all the teammates and coaches that I’ve played with and played for throughout my career, not only here in Denver – in Indianapolis and all the people who have helped me along the way.” Along with giving Broncos fans a hell of a game, this moment is a reminder of what real football is all about – talent and teamwork.