HOUSTON - Peyton Manning set the NFL's single-season touchdown passes record on Sunday with his 51st of the year, throwing four to spark Denver's 37-13 triumph at Houston.
Manning broke the record of 50 touchdown tosses by New England's Tom Brady in 2007, reclaiming the mark he had owned previously with 49 touchdown throws in 2004 while playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
"It's probably a temporary record. Brady will probably break it next year," Manning said. "But it is very special. It is a team accomplishment."
Manning threw three of his touchdown passes on Sunday in the fourth quarter, including two to Eric Decker and the record-breaker, a 25-yard toss to tight end Julius Thomas, with 4:28 remaining in the game.
The son of retired NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a brief moment with his coaches and teammates to acknowledge the feat before leaving the field after the game concluded.
"I have celebrated with the team."