ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning once again has placed his name in the NFL history books.
For the 24th time in his career, Manning has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week – giving him more conference player of the week awards than any other player in league history.
Manning’s seven-touchdown performance in the 49-27 win against the Baltimore Ravens extended his record for the most three-touchdown games and tied the records for both the most four-touchdown and five-touchdown games. He set the record for the most six-touchdown games and became the sixth quarterback -- the first since 1969 -- to throw seven touchdowns in a single game.
Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Joe Knapp was the last player to throw for seven scores. Knapp did the impressive feat in 1969.
Manning threw for 462 yards, completing 27-of-42 attempts (64.3%) for a QB rating of 141.1. That’s the third most passing yards ever by a Broncos quarterback.
Manning found seven different receivers and four different receivers scored. Tight end Julius Thomas, and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker each had a pair of touchdowns – making him the first player to connect for multiple scores with three different receivers in the same game.
Andre Caldwell also had a touchdown catch in the game.
"It's incredible," Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox said after the game. "I mean I thought he was incredible a year ago. I've said it a million times -- to sit out a year, come to a new city, all new teammates, a very unusual type of injury. I don’t know where he finished but he was up there in every category that quarterbacks look at. And then this one was pretty phenomenal -- seven touchdown passes and ties an NFL record."
Five of his touchdown passes came in the second half, turning a 17-14 halftime deficit into a 49-27 win. All seven of the touchdown passes came in the last three quarters.
The 49 points were the most the Ravens had ever given up and the second most points ever scored by the Broncos.
The Broncos hope that Manning will continue his quick start as they head to the east coast to face his brother, Eli Manning and the New York Giants.