“Peyton Manning over 70,000 yards, the second QB after Brett Favre” was the big news Thursday night before the Broncos’ last minute comeback against the Chiefs.
Roughly a year ago, Manning left the 500-TD mark behind. He broke Brett Favre’s NFL record of 508 touchdown passes soon after, as experts of gambling facts might remember. Now, Manning over 70,000 yards in passing in his career and on his way to brake another record of Favre, namely the all-time record of 71,838 passing yards. And it is noteworthy that reaching the latest milestone came in a game, where the Broncos offense was far from the most important unit on the field.
The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in a tight division matchup. The opening game of the second round of the 2015 NFL season was also a heavy defensive battle. The Chiefs dominated Manning and co. for most part of the game, also contributing with a pick-six. This was the second consecutive game with an interception return TD from one of Manning’s passes.
The visitors #D once again emerged as a dominant gang, pretty much winning the game. They harassed Alex Smith with two interceptions and forced two Jamaal Charles fumbles. Though the Chiefs running back had a 125-yard game with a TD, he lost a fumble in the red zone and another one in the last minute. The latter came through Brandon Marshall when the score was tied and was returned for a touchdown by Broncos corner Bradley Roby making it 31–24.
That was just enough to win the game for the Broncos and it came five seconds after Peyton Manning found Emmanuel Sanders in the Kansas end zone for a 19-yard touchdown. Though the Denver QB registered 3 TD-passes and 256 passing yards, and provided the “Manning over 70,000 yards” headlines for sports scores news, he produced another shaky performance.
However, it is remarkable that Manning was instrumental once again when the game was on the line, leading the Broncos offense in a fourth-quarter scoring drive. He was at his best from the shotgun when Denver went no-huddle and this might be a glimpse of things to come from the 39-year-old this term.
With an outstanding defensive unit on the board, which made a statement in an important division game, Manning doesn’t have to carry the team on his shoulders. It seems that he only needs to make his magic in the decisive moments to win most of the games. All this could be enough for another division title this year.
The game that brought the “Manning over 70,000 yards” online mobile news, also was the second in a row when the former Colt led the Broncos to a key scoring drive in the fourth quarter. He said afterwards, “To be able to win two games in this fashion, you can always refer back to games like this later on in this season. These are obviously great times to play football.”
He added, “To win a division game on the road, a great atmosphere, this place is always a great place to play football, and the crowd was rocking, they were into it. … Yeah, I think this is one that you always remember, certainly the way it ended.”
— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 18, 2015
The last time when a team was able to turn the game around with two touchdowns in the last minute happened 37 years ago. Manning was only two years of age, when his father, Archie Manning lost in an NFC West division game in similar fashion. The New Orleans Saints went down against the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 after Haskel Stanback scored with 57 seconds to go and Alfred Jackson received a TD-pass from Steve Bartkowski with 10 seconds from the end of regulation.
So, Manning over 70,000 yards and the Broncos with two wins out of two. They will play at Detroit next week, who are 2.20 (6/5) underdogs at Betway Sportsbook against the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North matchup this Sunday.