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Peyton Manning’s record 2013 season will stand the test of time

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Of all the Denver Broncos team records, Peyton Manning’s 5400 yards passing and 55 touchdowns will likely never be broken.

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SB Nation posed an interesting question about which NFL records may never be broken and it made me wonder which Denver Broncos team records might also never be broken. I checked out the media guide from last season to see and it didn’t take me long to find the most likely unbreakable records in the books.

Peyton Manning - 2013

It only takes a brief look at a record that may even stand the test of time in the entire NFL, much less the Denver Broncos team record books. Manning’s 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns are two that may never be broken. Certainly not by a future Broncos quarterback.

To fully appreciate what it takes to have that kind of season, Manning himself, one of the greatest of all-time broke the 4,500 yard passing mark seven times, but only the 5,000 yard passing barrier once. He also only threw for over 40 touchdown passes twice during his long and illustrious career.

If either record is going to be broken any time soon it will likely come from Drew Brees. Brees has broken the 5,000 yard mark an incredible five times in his career, but he too has only topped 40 touchdown passes twice in his career. To break the touchdown record, a quarterback is going to have to at least duplicate Manning’s feat of throwing four or more touchdowns in ten (10!) games. Good luck.

For now, let’s revisit and enjoy that incredible 2013 regular season run from Manning and that Broncos offense. Ultimately they came up short, but we’ll always have the great ride that season was to look back on.