Peyton Manning's previous career-high was 49 passing touchdowns. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning has claimed yet another spot in the NFL's record book. With four touchdown passes Sunday in Houston, Manning surpassed Tom Brady's single-season TD record of 50, claiming the top spot for himself with one game left in the regular season. Manning also surpassed his previous career-high of 49 touchdowns, which stood as the record from 2004 until Brady broke it in '07.
The record-tying touchdown toss was far from a cheap one. After play-action and then a pump fake, Manning dropped a perfect rainbow pass in to Eric Decker, who managed to secure the ball and tiptoe his way along the sideline. It was Decker's 10th touchdown catch of the season.
Manning then cemented his place in history with a 25-yarder to tight end Julius Thomas late in the fourth quarter. He was greeted by a swarm of congratulations from his teammates once he reached the sideline.
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Manning also could jump to the top of the single-season list for passing yards next week. He'll need 265 yards against the Raiders to tie Drew Brees there.
Denver entered Sunday needing 54 points as a team over two games to tie the same '07 Patriots for the most scored in a season: 589. They hung 37 on the Texans, meaning that they need just 18 in Week 17 to claim that team mark.