Manning breaks single-season NFL mark for touchdown passes

Last updated: Dec 22, 2013 4:47 PM

Peyton Manning is the NFL's new single-season touchdown pass king.

With his fourth scoring throw of the Broncos' Week 16 game at Houston, and his 51st of the year - this a picturesque toss to Julius Thomas - Manning broke the record previously set by Tom Brady in 2007.

Peyton had previously broken Dan Marino's longstanding mark with 49 touchdowns in 2004, only to be surpassed by Brady just three years later.

Earlier in the game, Peyton reached the 5,000 yard plateau, joining Drew Brees (three times), Brady, Dan Marino, and Matthew Stafford in the exclusive but ever-growing club.

His 400 passing yards give him 5,211 on the year, putting him behind Brees and Brady for the third most in any season.

Manning will need 25 yards to pass Brady for second most, and 266 to pass Brees for the record.

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