Denver's Manning sets NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with 51

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/The Courier, Jason Fochtman)

HOUSTON - Peyton Manning has broken Tom Brady's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.

Denver's Manning did it on a 25-yard pass to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining in the game Sunday against the Texans. Just 2 1-2 minutes earlier, he tied the mark with a 20-yard pass to Eric Decker.

He entered the game with 47 and his first touchdown came on a 36-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter, and the second one was a 10-yard throw to Decker earlier in the fourth.

Brady set the record, which previously belonged to Manning, in 2007. Manning had established the record by throwing 49 touchdown passes in 2004.

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AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this story.

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