Watch all of Peyton Manning’s 51 touchdowns, and some incredible tidbits on his record

Frank Schwab

In 1920, Babe Ruth hit 54 home runs. That was more home runs than any other team in the majors, except the Philadelphia Phillies (and Ruth's Yankees, of course).

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's 2013 season isn't reaching that level of dominance, but it's close.

Manning already broke the NFL record of 50 touchdown passes in a season, with four touchdown passes on Sunday against Houston. He still has another game to add to that record. He also needs 266 yards to break the NFL's single-season record for passing yards.

Manning is the first player in NFL history to have 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season. With a fairly typical game on Sunday at Oakland, he can also become the first member of the 5,500-55 club.

Here are some crazy facts from Manning's record-setting season, which is one of the greatest of all time in any sport:

• Manning has 51 touchdowns this season. John Elway had 53 in his two best seasons combined.

• Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, often cited as MVP candidates, have 49 combined touchdown passes, two fewer than Manning.

• This season, 11 NFL players have at least 10 touchdown receptions. Four of those players are Broncos (Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas).

• Manning has 16 more touchdowns this season than Drew Brees, who is in second place, and 20 more than any other NFL quarterback.

• Manning has thrown 34 touchdowns (and no interceptions) just in the red zone this year, a number that is higher than anyone's total number of passing touchdowns this season aside from Brees.

• Manning has thrown at least two touchdowns in all but one game, a 27-17 win against Kansas City on Nov. 17. He has thrown at least four touchdowns eight times. The previous record for four-touchdown games in a season was six, set by Dan Marino in 1984 and tied by Manning in 2004.

• Manning has thrown 25 touchdowns in the first half of games and 26 in the second half. He has thrown 27 in eight home games and 24 in seven road games.

• If Manning hadn't thrown one touchdown on the road all season, he would still be tied for seventh in the NFL in touchdown passes. His 26 touchdowns after halftime of games is more than players like Brady, Wilson, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick have all season.

• Manning's 51 touchdown passes this season are greater than the team totals for the Jaguars (47) and Chiefs (44) over the last three seasons (2011-13) combined.

• In standard Yahoo fantasy football leagues, Manning has 393.34 points. Nobody else has more than 331.64 points and only two players are within 100 points of him.

• Denver is 18 points from breaking the 2007 Patriots' record of 589 points in a single season.

• The Broncos are the first team in NFL history to have five different players score 10 touchdowns from scrimmage this year, according to Broncos PR chief Patrick Smyth. No other team has more than three.

• Denver has scored 356 points on Manning's passing touchdowns alone, counting extra points after those scores (the Broncos had one failed two-point conversion after a Manning passing touchdown). There are 15 teams in the NFL that haven't scored 356 points all season. Arizona, Pittsburgh (359 points each) and Indianapolis (361 points) barely beat Manning, who would pass them if his one rushing touchdown is added.

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