Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre’s record
St Louis Rams beat defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph: t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Denver Broncos quarterback Manning went into Sunday night’s game with the San Francisco 49ers two touchdowns short of Favre’s haul of 508, but finished the game — which Denver won 42-17 — with four touchdown passes to set a new record.
Manning was in a typically humble mood after the match, thanking his team-mates and insisting that the Broncos’ victory was more important than his personal milestone.
“I have great appreciation for all the players in the NFL playing now and who have played before us but especially at the quarterback position,” he told a pre-game press conference.
“I am very humbled and very honoured. I certainly think about how grateful I am for all the team-mates and coaches that I have played with or played for throughout my career, not only in Denver, in Indianapolis, and all the people who have helped me along the way.
“I’ve always been a fan of quarterbacks, whether it’s Brett Favre, or Dan Marino, or John Elway, so I’m very honoured and humbled to join a pretty unique club and when you throw in guys like Johnny Unitas and Fran Tarkenton — guys that were my dad’s heroes growing up as well — I can put it in some perspective and have a great appreciation for it.”
Manning added: “It was a great win tonight first and foremost. I thought our whole team played really well and I was really excited about offensively the way we executed the game plan.
“The guys up front did a good job and I thought we ran the ball well. It opened up a lot of things in the passing game, a couple of the touchdowns were all play-action and defensively getting us the ball back with great field position.
“It was a special night I think certainly more special because of the way the team played and because we got the win with such a team effort. It’s definitely one I’ll always remember.”
Broncos head coach John Fox was quick to wax lyrical about Manning’s latest achievement but, like his all-conquering quarterback, he insisted that the result was of most importance.
He said: “There’s no doubt that we feel blessed — the Bronco organisation, myself personally, our coaching staff — he’s a tremendous player, the record he has set speaks for itself.
“It’s neat to be part of it no doubt but we’re here to win football games and I know Peyton will say the same thing. I’ve competed against him for a lot of years so it’s way better to have him on our side.”
Favre later took to social media to congratulate Manning for breaking his record, tweeting: “Well deserved Peyton. Congratulations on breaking my record. #Onto600.”
Elsewhere in the NFL, the St Louis Rams beat defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks 28-26, the Detroit Lions came back to defeat the New Orleans Saints 24-23, the Baltimore Ravens secured a 29-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts hammered the Cincinnati Bengals 27-0.
Peyton’s brother Eli had three touchdown passes but the New York Giants still lost 31-21 to the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills edged to a 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings, while the Washington Redskins secured a slender 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
National Football League: Baltimore Ravens 29 Atlanta Falcons 7, Buffalo Bills 17 Minnesota Vikings 16, Chicago Bears 14 Miami Dolphins 27, Dallas Cowboys 31 New York Giants 21, Detroit Lions 24 New Orleans Saints 23, Green Bay Packers 38 Carolina Panthers 17, Indianapolis Colts 27 Cincinnati Bengals 0, Jacksonville Jaguars 24 Cleveland Browns 6, Oakland Raiders 13 Arizona Cardinals 24, San Diego Chargers 20 Kansas City Chiefs 23, St Louis Rams 28 Seattle Seahawks 26, Washington Redskins 19 Tennessee Titans 17, Denver Broncos 42 San Francisco 49ers 17