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Peyton Manning’s TD-passing streak ends at 51 games – SportsUntapped.com
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Added December 8th, 2014 by Ian

Peyton Manning’s TD-passing streak ends at 51 games
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There’s one record NFL quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos likely won’t break before he retires and that’s the mark of 54 straight games with at least one touchdown pass. Manning made it all the way to 51 consecutive contests with a TD toss, but his streak was then snapped by the Buffalo Bills on December 7. The record is held by Drew Brees and it looks like it’s going to be safe for a while longer. The Broncos managed to beat the Bills 24-17, but Manning wasn’t involved in the scoring as his team improved to 10-3 on the season.

Manning went 14 for 20 in passing, threw for 173 yards and was picked off twice. It was the first time he hasn’t thrown for a touchdown since November 14 of 2010 when he was still playing for the Indianapolis Colts. The Cincinnati Bengals were the last team to keep Manning off the score sheet back in week nine of the 2010 campaign. Manning went 20 for 26 in that outing and threw for 185 yards.

Brees of the New Orleans Saints set the 54-game record in 2012. The previous mark of 47 games was held by Johnny Unitas and it stood all the way from 1960. Since Brees set the new record we’ve also seen Tom Brady of the New England Patriots break the old record of 47, but his streak was snapped after 52 games last year. This means Manning’s 51-game mark is third best in NFL history.

Manning missed the entire 2011 season due to spinal-fusion surgery and joined the Broncos as a free agent after being released by the Colts. He led the Broncos to the Super Bowl last year, but fell short of the title after the Seattle Seahawks manhandled his team in a one-sided affair.

After his streak was snapped at 51, Manning said football’s a team game and while he’s proud of individual records, the main goal is to win the Super Bowl. The Broncos did manage to score three touchdowns against the Bills, but they were all scored on the ground by running back C.J. Anderson.

Manning does still hold the NFL record of 15 straight games with more than one touchdown pass. But that was also snapped this season when he threw just one against the St. Louis Rams. John Fox, the head coach of the Broncos, said it’s disappointing to see Manning’s run end at 51 games, but he believes the quarterback only cares about one thing and that’s winning games.

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