Peyton Manning throws 7 TD passes, ties single-game record

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

At the ripe old age of 37, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stunned the world on Thursday night, throwing a whopping seven (seven!) touchdown passes and tying the single-game NFL record. It's particularly impressive considering Manning didn't throw a single TD pass in the first quarter.

Manning joined Sid Luckman (1943), Adrian Burke (1954), George Blanda (1961), Y.A. Tittle (1962), and Joe Kapp (1969) on a list that few folks will ever have a chance to join.

The 462 passing yards were the second-highest total of his career and the majority of them came after halftime when Manning really started to find his rhythm.

He initially hit "Orange" Julius Thomas for a pair of touchdowns, first a 23-yarder down the seam where he got drilled and hung in to hit him wide open and then on a catch-and-run number on the left sideline for 24 yards.

Manning quickly made everyone forget Wes Welker's drop, hitting him for a pair of scores within two minutes of one another.

A 26-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas followed and when Danny Trevathan fumbled on the one-yard line to give the Ravens a chance to storm a mini-comeback, Manning was forced to throw again. He hooked up with Thomas one more time for a 78-yard teeter, tying the record for most scores in a game.

It was a slow-starting performance, but in the end it was a virtuoso effort from Manning. And lest you were excited about the AFC West being competitive this year, well ...

Yeah. This Manning guy is kind of good.

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