His 50th of 2013 tied Tom Brady's mark set in 2007 -- and Manning still has time left this afternoon and another game next week to break the record.
Manning threw 49 touchdown passes in 2004, so in tying the record he also established a new career high.
This season, Manning has seven four-touchdown games, another NFL record. If he makes it eight today against the Texans, he will break the single-season touchdown mark.
HISTORY TIED. pic.twitter.com/mbwVuqub53— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 22, 2013
With his 50th TD pass of the year (3rd today), Peyton Manning has tied Tom Brady (2007) for the most TD passes in a season in NFL history.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) December 22, 2013
FIFTY TOUCHDOWNS!! Peyton Manning has just tied Tom Brady's NFL record for TD passes in a season. AMAZING!!— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 22, 2013
Peyton. Number 50 for number 18. Congrats.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 22, 2013
PEYTON TIES THE RECORD. Perfect pass to Eric Decker gives Manning 50 TD passes in a season, tying Tom Brady for most ever.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 22, 2013
Peyton Manning has become the 1st player in NFL history with 5,000 pass yds and 50 TD passes in a season.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) December 22, 2013
Questions now: 1) What will the new touchdown record be; 2) Who will catch No. 51?— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) December 22, 2013
Decker's 10th TD makes the Broncos the first team in NFL history to have FIVE players (Decker, JT, DT, Moreno, Welker) score 10 TDs each.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 22, 2013