Good, GOOD Morning, Broncos Country!
How about Peyton FREAKING Manning?
22/26 for 318 yards.
0 - as in nothing, nada, no way - interceptions.
Oh yeah, and just the ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN RECORD!!
The man of the night - the guy who looked at Brett Favre's record and said, "I'll see your 508 and raise you TWO" - was visibly proud moments after throwing No. 509 to Demaryius Thomas and expectedly (yet still admirably) humble after the game.
"It was a great win tonight. Thought our whole team played really well," Manning said, adding how "excited" he was about how well the offense executed its game plan. "Our guys up front did a good job. I thought we ran the ball well and that opened up a lot of things in the play action. And then defensively getting us the ball back with great field position. It was a special night, but more special because of the way our teams played and because we got the win."
It was special, and a lot of people thought so - including the guy who just moved down a spot in the record books.
Congrats to the great Peyton Manning! We take him for granted because he's so consistent but we are witnessing a living legend!— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) October 20, 2014
All of this Manning awesomeness, by the way, occurred in just three quarters.
Colin Kaepernick and his banged up 49ers were having such a tough time that after Ronnie Hillman danced into the end zone for the team's sixth touchdown at the end of the third quarter, the Broncos took pity on their opponent and gave Brock Osweiler some playing time.
Slight shame as I was gunning for a 55-10 final - because I like poetic endings - but I cannot argue with 42-17 final.
You know what would look good? 55-10. pic.twitter.com/V00bvuGwbQ— Laurie Volkmann (@docllv) October 20, 2014
And I will never argue about a game with stats like last night's razzle dazzle:
- Manning's 510 touchdowns also meant 111 touchdowns since becoming a Bronco two and half years ago.
- This game was Manning's 33rd with four or more TDs, which is eight more than any one else. Ever.
- DeMarcus Ware chased down Kaepernick like a cheetah after a gazelle. And the result was just as satisfying as Ware logged three sacks on the night.
- Von Miller added two more sacks on Kap, putting his total for the season so far at eight - best in the NFL right now.
- The Broncos running game contributed 115 yards, including 74 by Ronnie Hillman.
Though it was likely a boring show for the NFL masses, it was like Christmas for Broncos fans.
"The crowd was electric from the jump," said Emmanuel Sanders, who finally caught his first touchdown as a Bronco. "Sunday Night Football, what better environment? And just to be a part of history and Peyton breaking that record, I'm excited for him. Peyton loves to play this game, he loves to break records and he loves to put up points, and he's just happy he achieved it tonight, and I'm happy for him."
Thomas, who caught both 509 and 510, said Manning can have 509, but he's got plans for the other one.
"I gave it to him hoping I can get a signature from Peyton beside mine and put it up somewhere and just save it," said D.T. "I'll always remember it."
Manning will never forget the touchdown before it - possibly as much for the touchdown itself as the "keep away" game his receivers played with the coveted football.
Though the receivers admitted that practical joke had been Manning's idea and they had talked about it in practice, Manning claimed the execution of the joke was slightly unfair.
"I've lost my vertical leap and my side-to-side agility," Manning said about his somewhat embarrassing attempts to get the ball. "I probably deserved it for the non-graceful play when I tripped and fell on the play before. I'll definitely remember that part of [the record.]"
All kidding aside, the fact that the record TD pass went to Demaryius was fitting, given that he is the Broncos receiver with whom Manning has had the longest rapport.
"Demaryius is a great player. He works real hard in practice. He's one of the first guys I started throwing with since I got to Denver and all that hard work has really paid off," Manning said. "I have a great appreciation for how hard he works and plays the game. It's been a lot of fun to be his teammate."
Thomas would say the same.
"He's the best that ever played the game," said No. 88, who has incredible skills in his own right but has clearly benefitted from a Hall-of-Fame-bound quarterback. "[Manning] made me a better player when he first came in. I think he's made everybody a better player around him."
And after a short celebration, Manning was back to business.
"Peyton's demeanor is always the same," noted Sanders. "He's ready to get back on the field and score more touchdowns. He's addicted to football, and so is the offense. We enjoyed being out there because we know we've got a special group here and we like to score points."
For some quintessential Manning humility, check out this Game Ball speech after the game.
Peyton Freaking Manning - addicted to football.
Exactly as it should be.
And judging by the way the defense played, the running backs cut up the field, the offensive line protected and the receivers grabbed, obviously Manning's addiction is shared.
Congratulations Peyton...and GO BRONCOS!
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