Peyton Manning just threw his third touchdown of the night, which appeared to be the 509th of his outstanding career, as the Broncos took a 21-3 lead over the 49ers.
“Thomas caught the third-and-goal pass and got his feet in, although it might have sparked a riot if they had replayed it,” reports NBC Sport. “Manning’s on the kind of roll tonight that extending the record seems entirely possible. He tried to keep everything at bay, but was clearly moved by the ovation and the moment of history he just created.”
“It’s quite an honor. I do have great appreciation for the quarterbacks that have played this game throughout the years. So I’m honored just to play the position. It’s very humbling,” Manning said of the record after the game. “I think Brett has always known he’s one of my favorite players. He played the position with so much passion and just great toughness and great productivity as a quarterback. So I just want to tell him thanks, and I’m honored to sort of join this club with him.”
Manning reached the milestone in his 246th regular-season game. Favre needed 302.
As Manning approached the milestone, Favre revealed to reporters that he was thrilled “it’s Peyton that’s doing it. I think a lot of Peyton. I know him well. I know his family well. His dad was one of my idols.”
Favre, who grew up watching Archie Manning and the New Orleans Saints, sent his best wishes to Manning, the only player in NFL history with more MVP awards (five) than his three.
Saying he appreciated Favre’s words of encouragement, Manning suggested that of all the men who have ever taken a snap in the 94-year history of the NFL, “nobody’s defined longevity and career toughness more than him.”
Favre played in a QB-record 297 straight regular-season games during his 20-year NFL career, plus another two dozen in the playoffs.
“He always answered the bell every single Sunday and was always producing,” Manning said. “And growing up in the South, both of us, Brett has always said he was a big fan of my dad’s, so there’s been kind of a mutual respect there from my family to him, as well. And I always enjoyed watching him play. Nobody played the game quite like he did. He’s truly a one-of-a-kind quarterback.”
Favre said that were it not for Manning’s neck problems at the tail end of his tenure in Indianapolis, Manning might very well have gone on to eclipse his most hallowed mark, the consecutive games streak, and certainly would have obliterated his career touchdowns mark by now.
“I know Peyton missed a year. Aside from that year, he’s played just like I did. I mean, he’s been out there over and over and over again,” the sportsmen admitted.