Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos breaks one-season passing record

Peyton Manning broke one NFL passing record and stretched another on Sunday as the Denver Broncos also set a league mark for the most points in a single season.

The record-shattering effort came in the first half against the Oakland Raiders, giving the visiting Broncos a 31-point lead on the way to a 34-14 triumph.

Manning, the Broncos' 37-year-old quarterback, threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against the Raiders then sat out the second half as Denver improved to 13-3 to become the top seed in the American Conference playoffs and take a home-field playoff edge all the way to the Super Bowl.

Manning's first-half yardage total was exactly what he needed to break the former one-season record of 5,476 passing yards set by Drew Brees of New Orleans in 2011.

Manning set the yardage mark on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give him 5,477 yards on the season.

That was Manning's fourth touchdown pass of the game, giving him 55 touchdown tosses for the season. Last week, he broke the old one-season touchdown pass record of 50 set by New England's Tom Brady in 2007.

The 2007 New England squad had also set the NFL one-season scoring record of 589 points, but the Broncos entered their final regular-season contest needing only 18 points to break that record.

By half-time, Denver had the record falling on Manning's 63-yard touchdown pass to Thomas in the second quarter. The Broncos finished on 606 points.

AFP

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