Manning enjoying record-breaking season in Denver.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has praised counterpart Peyton Manning after he broke his record for most touchdown passes in a season.
Manning threw his 51st touchdown pass of the season during the Denver Broncos’ win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, which also helped clinch the AFC West title for his team.
Brady had previously held the record of 50 during the 2007 season, but was complimentary of his rival despite being replaced in the record books.
It’s an incredible feat,” Brady said in a radio interview.
“To throw 50 like we did in 2007 was incredible. Dan Marino threw 48, then Peyton threw 49, and I was lucky enough to be on the team to throw 50.”
Passing numbers have continued to soar in the league in recent years, although Brady insists that throwing touchdown passes has never been an easy task in the NFL.
Manning still has time to add to his tally in the last regular game of the season against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, while Brady and the Patriots (11-4) will be hoping to secure a top-two seed and first-round playoff bye with a win on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
They still remain in contention for the AFC’s top seed provided that Denver lose on the road and they secure a required win.
Brady is on pace for his lowest touchdown total since 2006, but insisted that he isn’t focusing on personal achievements and is determined to help get the best result for his franchise.