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As most NFL fans predicted, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning set a new league record for touchdown passes on October 19 when he connected for his 509th, which broke the old mark of 508 set by Brett Favre. The 38-year-old Manning threw four touchdown passes in the game against the San Francisco 49ers and Denver went on to win it by a score of 42-17. The record-breaking pass was caught by receiver Demaryius Thomas as Manning went into the game with 506 touchdown passes and left it with 510.
Manning set the new record in 246 regular-season games while it took Favre 56 more contests to reach 208. Many experts figured Manning’s career was all but over when he was cut from the Indianapolis Colts back in March of 2012. However, he was released from the team due to medical reasons, not his playing form. The quarterback underwent four neck surgeries and a spinal-fusion operation. It appeared that he wouldn’t be able to recover properly and stand up to the physical punishment of the sport.
Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber and Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the America’s Men’s National Soccer Team, have been trading barbs back and forth in the media after Klinsmann recently criticized the league. Klinsmann, a former player and manager of the German national team, let it be known in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t really think U.S. players are developing or improving while playing in MLS.
Klinsmann mentioned Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley and wondered if these players were doing themselves any favours by leaving top European clubs to join MLS squads. The 31-year-old Dempsey previously played in the English Premier League with London-based clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but left England last year to sign with the Seattle Sounders.
For most people, crime doesn’t pay, but that isn’t exactly the case for running back Joseph Randle of the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL player was recently arrested for shoplifting at the Stonebriar Center Shopping Mall in Frisco Texas, and was then rewarded with a contract from a clothing company. For some unknown reason Randle decided it was a good idea to steal two-pairs of Polo underwear and a bottle of cologne.
Police said they were called to the store by the location’s security personnel after they detained the 22-year-old football player. They then took him to Frisco City Jail where he was charged with a Class B misdemeanor for stealing items worth between $50 and $500. He was then released after a bond was posted.
Another modern-day NFL record was broken on October 12 when Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco threw the five fastest touchdown passes in history since NFL and AFL merged back in 1966. Flacco managed to connect on a career-high five TD passes in the first 17 minutes of the Ravens’ 48-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Flacco achieved the feat 12 minutes faster than anybody else as the fifth pass came in the second minute of the second quarter. No other quarterback has managed to connect on five TD passes until the first-half’s two-minute warning had sounded. Ben Roethlisberger held the previous record as he threw for five TDs in 28 minutes and nine seconds in a game against Baltimore in 2007.
NFL history was made on October 12 when the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers played to a 37-37 overtime tie at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The game sets a new record for the highest-scoring tie game in league history. It’s also the third consecutive year that the league has entered a tie game into the record books. The last time there was a tie game in three straight NFL season was from 1987 to 1989. The most recent stalemate between the Bengals and Panthers finished 34-34 after regulation time.
There were only three drives during the overtime period and both teams kicked a field goal with their first possession. Cincinnati took the lead with a 42-yard field goal in the opening drive and Carolina tied it up with a 36 yarder with 2:19 to go. Cincinnati then had a glorious chance to win the game late in overtime, but missed on a 36-yard field goal just as time ran out on the contest.
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