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Peyton Manning reaches another NFL mark: passing yards in season

7:33 AM, Dec 30, 2013   |    comments
December 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) watches from the sideline during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - Peyton Manning set yet another NFL record Sunday, this time for the most passing yards in a season.

The Denver Broncos quarterback needed just 266 yards against the Oakland Raiders to break the record set by Drew Brees (5,476 yards in 2011), and Manning accomplished that in the second quarter on the Broncos' fifth possession of the season finale.

Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 5-yard touchdown play to set the record with 5,477 yards and take a 31-0 lead just before halftime.

In the first half, Manning was 25-of-28 passing for 266 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders. His previous season best was 4,700 yards in 2010 with Indianapolis.

Manning last week set the single-season record for touchdown passes in a season, and now has 55. The previous record was 50 by Tom Brady in 2007. Broncos backup QB Brock Osweiler played the entire second half.

"It was nice to get the lead in this game. We got off to a hot start. The defense did a good job getting us the ball back," Manning said, later adding, "and it was coach's decision at halftime to make the change."

Earlier this season, Manning set the NFL record for TD passes in a game when he threw seven in the season-opener against Baltimore.

The Broncos' offense became the highest-scoring team in NFL history Sunday when Demaryius Thomas scored on a 63-yard pass play to take a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter (Manning's 54th TD pass of the season).

Denver came in with 572 points and tied the Patriots' 589 points in 2007 on Matt Prater's 34-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Broncos also set an NFL record this season with five players scoring 10 or more touchdowns.

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