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Peyton Manning ties, then breaks Brady’s TD pass mark with Nos. 50 and 51

Eric Edholm
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Peyton Manning's assault on the record books this season includes another historical accolade: His 51st touchdown pass, the most ever in a season.

Tom Brady held the record since 2007 with 50, topping Manning's prior mark of 49 from 2004, when Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning tied the 50 mark by hitting Eric Decker from 20 yards out for the score. The play was reviewed, and upheld, once it was seen that Decker had control of the ball and had both feet in the end zone.

Manning then notched No. 51 with a fade pass to Julius Thomas in the corner of the end zone. Once it was ruled a score, Manning was mobbed by his teammates.

The next big number that could fall is the all-time passing yards mark, held by the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees. In 2011, Brees set the mark with 5,476 yards, topping Dan Marino's long-held statistic.

Manning threw for 400 yards Sunday against the Houston Texans and would need 265 yards in Week 17 against the Oakland Raiders to tie Brees' mark and 266 to break it. The question now is whether the Broncos plan to play Manning enough in the game with the AFC West clinched and the No. 1 seed perhaps wrapped up (if the New England Patriots lose Sunday).

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