Peyton Manning once again owns the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season.
Manning threw four touchdown passes today, giving him 51 for the season, topping Tom Brady’s former single-season record of 50, set in 2007. Manning previously owned the record for three years, having thrown 49 touchdown passes in 2004.
With Manning’s passing leading the way, the Broncos easily beat the Texans, and with the win (and the Chiefs’ loss to the Colts), the Broncos have clinched the AFC West. If the Patriots lose to the Ravens, the Broncos will also clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
It was a great game for Manning, who had a whopping 296 passing yards in the first half, and the record-setting performance caps a great season for Manning, who will almost certainly win the fifth MVP award of his NFL career. The big question facing Manning now is whether he can also win his second Super Bowl ring.