Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass Sunday night to break a tie with Brett Favre and snag the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes. Manning hit the milestone just three years after spinal fusion surgery, in what has been a remarkable restart to his career. Flash bulbs lit up around Sports Authority Field as Manning moved past Favre with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers. The game marked Manning’s 246th regular-season start, while Favre threw 508 touchdown passes in 302 regular-season starts. With 509 touchdown passes, Manning is now 135 passes ahead of the next active quarterback, the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, who has 374 career scoring passes. The pass to Thomas gave Manning three touchdowns in the game and made it his 89th career game with at least three touchdown passes. The Broncos won, 42-17.
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