The 37-year-old Manning, who is a four-time NFL MVP, tossed seven touchdown passes – something that hadn’t been done in the league since 1969 – as he completed 27 passes for 462 yards.
If you’re looking for more perspective on just how impressive it is to throw seven TD passes in a game, try this on for size. In Sunday afternoon action, starting quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman, Geno Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton combined for eight TD passes.
That’s right, 10 starting QBs, including four who won their games, combined for just one more touchdown pass than Manning threw on his own on Thursday night.
Manning did something on Thursday night that hadn’t happened in 44 years and had been done by just five players before him. Relive it and enjoy it as much as possible. If it takes another 44 years for a player to toss seven TD passes in a game, the year will be 2057 and Manning will be just 81 years old.