Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.
Denver’s Manning did it on a 25-yard pass to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining in the game Sunday against the Texans. Just 2½ minutes earlier, he tied the mark with a 20-yard pass to Eric Decker.
“I really feel like it’s a team accomplishment, certainly an offensive accomplishment,” Manning said. “There’s a lot of people that played roles in this.”
Manning made the throw to Thomas and walked toward the end zone, where his teammates patted him on the head. He then took off his helmet and walking to the sideline and pumped his fist once. His teammates came out to greet him, and he gave dozens of high-fives as he grinned and walked to the bench.
Decker picked up the ball after Thomas dropped it and tucked it in the side of his jersey, where it remained as he walked off the field.
Manning entered the game with 47 TDs, and his first touchdown came on a 36-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. The second one was a 10-yard throw to Decker early in the fourth quarter.
“We’re not surprised at what Peyton does,” Julius Thomas said. “The work he puts in every day, you see how he demands the best from himself. Fortunate for us, we’re the beneficiaries of that.”
Brady set the record, which previously belonged to Manning, in 2007. Manning had established the record by throwing 49 touchdown passes in 2004. Manning finished Sunday’s game with a career-high 5,211 yards.
GARCON BREAKS REDSKINS MARK — In a season full of lows for the Washington Redskins, receiver Pierre Garcon broke hall of famer Art Monk’s franchise record for most catches in a season by getting to 107 on Sunday with a game to go.
Garcon eclipsed Monk with his 11th and final reception of Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a 19-yard gain on a pass from Kirk Cousins that came with about six minutes left in the third quarter.
BEARS LINEMAN ARRESTED — Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was charged with assault and public intoxication after refusing to leave a bar and fighting with employees in a Dallas suburb.
Grapevine police said Melton was arrested early Sunday at Chill Sports Bar after becoming belligerent. The nearly 300-pound Melton, who suffered a cut nose but declined treatment, was freed on $1,210 bond.
The 27-year-old Melton allegedly punched the manager in the face and bit his arm, Eberling said.