51 reasons to love Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning has broken the NFL record for most touchdown passes thrown in a single season.

The Denver Broncos quarterback reached the magical 51 mark with four TDs in the victory over the Houston Texans – which also secured the AFC West title in the process.

It’s the second time Manning has held the single-season record, having possessed it for three years between 2004 and 2007 before Tom Brady’s 50 touchdowns in 2007.

And, the veteran has the chance to extend his number even further in the last week of the season, when the Broncos travel to face the Oakland Raiders looking to secure the number one seed in the AFC.

Rather than bask in personal glory, Manning opted to pay tribute to his teammates post-match, thanking his receiving core and everyone involved at Mile High Stadium for their help this season.

"I really feel like it's a team accomplishment, certainly an offensive accomplishment," he said post-match following the 37-13 win.

"But a lot of people played roles in this. I think it's a unique thing to be a part of NFL history, even though it may be temporary...[Tom] Brady will probably break it next year and the year after, so we'll enjoy it for as long as it lasts."

Manning is more interested in rings than individual accolades of course, and he’ll hope to add to his solitary win with the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLI this season.

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