KUSA-Sunday night simply belonged to Peyton Manning. His four touchdown performance put him atop the history books, surpassing Brett Favre for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history with 510.
He needed only two possessions in the first quarter to throw the two touchdowns he needed to tie Favre at 508 for the record, before adding two more to Demaryius Thomas to claim one of the most prestigious individual league records all to himself.
The performance also led the Broncos (5-1) to a 42-17 victory over the 49ers (4-3), putting them in first place in the AFC West heading into Week 7 of the 2014 regular season.
D.Thomas hauled in the record-setting grab with 3:09 to play in the second quarter, before catching a 40-yard bomb in the third, to move Manning to 510 touchdowns for his career. The two have now combined for 30 six-point scoring passes since Manning joined the Broncos in 2012. D. Thomas also has amassed 521 over the last three games, which is the most all-time by a Bronco in a three-game stretch.
Favre reached his record of 508 TD passes in 302 regular-season games, while Manning accomplished the same feat in 56 fewer contests,in just 246. Dan Marino is third on the all-time list with 420 touchdown passes. John Elway ranks seventh all-time with 300.
Favre also needed 10,169 passes to reach 508 touchdowns, Manning's NFL-record 510 TD passes happened in just 8,669 passes.
His four-touchdown performance was the 33rd of his career, which is the most all-time in NFL history.
The toss to D. Thomas also gave Manning his 89th game with at least three touchdown passes, which is the most all-time in league history, as well.
D. Thomas would finish with eight catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Manning has now thrown multiple TD passes in all six games to start the year, and is just the 14th player all-time in league history to do so.
Manning also now has 156 career games with multiple touchdown passes, second to only Brett Favre (159) in NFL history.
Continuing with the records, Manning has now also thrown a touchdown pass in 45 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. It's also the fourth longest streak all-time. Drew Brees holds the record at 54 consecutive games.
Manning found Wes Welker for the record-tying touchdown grab with 2:57 remaining in the opening quarter, after connecting with Emmanuel Sanders to start the game on the Broncos first possession.
The touchdown catch for Sanders was his first as a Bronco.
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Denver running back Ronnie Hillman followed his first career 100-yard rushing game in Week 6 against the Jets, with two rushing touchdowns against San Francisco, finishing with 74 yards on 14 carries, and four catches for 29 yards. The two scores move his career total to four, now in his third season in the NFL out of San Diego St.
Defensively, Demarcus Ware recorded three sacks, while Von Miller added two of his own. The sacks for Miller move him to eight for the year, which now leads the NFL in his first season back since tearing his ACL. Ware now ranks 15th on the all-time sack list with 124, and has seven on the season.
Brandon Marshall led the team with eight tackles on the night. Aqib Talib also had his second interception in as many games, picking off Colin Kaepernick in the third quarter.
The dual-threat quarterback finished the game 24/37 passing for 263 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Kaepernick carried the ball just three times for 18 yards after coming into the contest leading the league in carries for a quarterback (46) and rushing yards (236).
San Francisco will have a bye in Week 7, while Denver will host division rival San Diego on Thursday night.
Broncos Quick Stats:
P. Manning- 22/26, 318 yards, 4 TDs
D. Thomas- 8 catches, 171 yards, 2 TDs
R. Hillman-14 carries, 74 yards, 2 TDs, 4 catches, 29 yards
B. Marshall- 8 tackles
D. Ware- 4 tackles, 3 sacks
V. Miller- 3 tackles, 2 sacks
49ers Quick Stats:
C. Kaepernick- 24/39 passing, 263 yards, TD, INT
F. Gore- 9 carries, 20 yards
S. Johnson- 5 catches 79 yards, TD
C. Borland- 8 tackles
1st Quarter Recap:
The Broncos defense started strong, forcing a three and out on the 49ers first possession. DeMarcus Ware sacked Colin Kaepernick on third down forcing the punt. The take down moved him to 15th on the all-time list with 122 for his career.
Manning was perfect on the Broncos opening possession. He was 5/5 through the air, including a three-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to cap off a nine play, 57-yard drive.
Manning connected with four different receivers on the opening possession, including two to running back Ronnie Hillman, who is filling in nicely for the injured Montee Ball.
This is now 45 consecutive games that Manning has thrown a touchdown, which is the fourth-longest streak all-time. He chases Drew Brees who threw touchdown passes in 54 consecutive games.
Phil Dawson missed a 51-yard field goal on the 49ers second possession of the game, keeping the score at 7-0 in favor of Denver.
History was made at the 2:57 mark of the opening quarter, after Manning found Wes Welker for a 39-yard touchdown for the 508th of his career to tie Brett Favre for the most all-time.
2nd Quarter Recap:
Denver was forced to punt for the first time Sunday night on their third possession, before giving the ball back to the 49ers.
On the ensuing San Francisco possession, Von Miller recorded his seventh sack of the season taking down Kaepernick, which leads the Broncos this year. He has now recorded a sack in five consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
The 49ers would finally mount a successful drive on their 4th possession of the game. However, Anquan Boldin dropped what would have been a sure touchdown at the goal line, and San Francisco was forced to settle for a 22-yard field goal to make the contest, 14-3.
With 3:09 remaining in the second quarter, Manning found Demaryius Thomas for his third touchdown of the half, and the all-important record setting 509th of his career. The grab was the 29th touchdown between Manning and D. Thomas.
Following the celebration, the 49ers marched down the field and scored a touchdown of their own. Colin Kaepernick connected with former Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson from four yards out to cut the contest to 21-10 just before the half.
3rd Quarter Recap:
Denver would be forced to punt for the second time in the contest on their opening possession of the second half, after a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Orlando Franklin moved the Broncos back deep into their own zone.
However, it was Aqib Talib intercepting Colin Kaepernick on San Francisco's ensuing possession for his second in as many games.
Following the turnover it was one play. Manning connected to D. Thomas for a 40-yard touchdown, moving the quarterback to 510 for his career, and the second between the pair on the night.
The Denver defense was stout once again on the 49ers following possession forcing yet another punt.
Ronnie Hillman then took over, finding the end zone from 37 yards out making it 35-10 in favor of Denver.
Hillman would add another rushing touchdown from 1 yard out on the Broncos ensuing possession for his second of the night and the fourth of his career. The rushing score was just the Broncos fourth of the season, compared to 19 passing scores this year.=
4th Quarter Recap:
Brock Osweiler took over the reins for Manning in the final frame, but was unable to complete a pass on just one attempt.
Blaine Gabbert was able to connect on a touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington in a fill-in role for Kaepernick, but the touchdown proved to be meaningless bringing the final score from 42-10 to 42-17.
The victory also gives the Broncos their 21st straight game of scoring at least 20 points. The streak is second-longest in NFL history, trailing only the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams who had 26 straight games with at least 20 points.
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