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 ...
Peyton Manning is one passing TD away from matching the 2012 Chiefs.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) September 6, 2013
Yeah. This Manning guy is kind of good.