Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Peyton Manning's record start continues as the Denver Broncos' quarterback on Sunday tied then set the NFL mark for touchdown passes in the first four games of a season.
On the Broncos' first drive of the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles, Manning tied the record of 14 held by three players (Sammy Baugh in 1943, Don Meredith in 1966 and Kurt Warner in 1999). Manning tied the mark with a 1-yard toss to Demaryius Thomas.
Manning then set the record with No. 15 on the next drive, again connecting with Thomas on a 15-yard pass to take a 35-13 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Manning threw No. 13 on the Broncos' first drive of the game, connecting with Wes Welker on a 6-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. It was the fifth time this season they have combined for a TD pass.
Manning's record run includes seven TD passes in the season-opener against Baltimore, which also tied an NFL record for TD passes in a game.
New England's Tom Brady holds the NFL season record with 50 touchdown passes in 2007; Manning had the record with 49 TD passes in 2004 with Indianapolis. Before that, the record was 48, set by Miami's Dan Marino in 1984.
The 37-year-old Manning came into Sunday's game 89-of-122 passing for 1,143 yards and 12 TDs with no interceptions.
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