Peyton Manning tied several NFL records Thursday night with seven touchdown passes against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Manning became the sixth player in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a game when he threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Demariyus Thomas.
Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp are the other quarterbacks to throw seven touchdowns in a game. Minnesota's Kapp was the last player to achieve the feat, on September 28, 1969 against the Baltimore Colts.
Manning had a pair of TD throws to tight end Julius Thomas in the first half of Denver's season opener.
Manning hit Bubba Caldwell and then Wes Welker twice for touchdowns in the third quarter, giving the Broncos a 35-17 lead.
Welker, who earlier muffed a punt, caught Manning's pass in the left flat and circled around defender Corey Graham for a 5-yard score that tied Favre's NFL mark. He was then wide open for a 2-yard TD catch.
Manning's sixth touchdown pass also went to Demaryius Thomas.
Manning also tied Brett Favre's NFL record with his 23rd career game with at least four TD throws, then tied Drew Brees' mark with his seventh career five-TD performance. It was the fourth time Manning had thrown at least six touchdowns in a game, extending his own NFL record.
The Broncos won the game, 49-27.
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