It was Peyton Manning's day in Indianapolis. But his single-season touchdown pass record wasn't the only milestone achieved inside the RCA Dome.
San Diego's Antonio Gates caught his 13th
touchdown of the season Sunday, breaking the NFL's single-season
record for a tight end.
The Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson ran 16 yards for a
touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, making it
12 straight games with a rushing TD to break the NFL's
Brandon Stokley caught his 10th touchdown
pass of the season with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter, giving the Colts the first receiving trio in
NFL history to each have 10 TD receptions and 1,000 yards in a
Gates broke the record with a 4-yard shovel pass from Drew Brees
with 9:24 left in the third quarter to give the Chargers a 24-9
lead at Indianapolis. Last week in Cleveland, he tied the mark, set
in 1961 by Chicago's Mike Ditka.
Since Ditka's record-setting season, three other players had
tied the record -- Jerry Smith of Washington in 1967, Todd
Christensen of Oakland in 1983 and Wesley Walls of Carolina in
Tomlinson had run for just 57 yards before finding a hole and
darting up the middle untouched for a score on the first play of
the fourth quarter.
The previous single-season NFL record was 11 straight games.
Dallas' Emmitt Smith set the mark in 1995 and Kansas City's Priest
Holmes tied it in 2002.
The overall NFL record is 13, shared by John Riggins and George
Rogers, who both did it while playing with the Washington Redskins.
Riggins did it in 1982-83 and Rogers in 1985-86.
Stokley's touchdown catch came on a 21-yard pass over the middle in which
he broke free from a defender and was wide open in the end
zone. The scoring pass was Peyton Manning's NFL-record 49th of the
Earlier in the game, the Colts became only the fourth team in
league history with three 1,000-yard receivers.
Harrison gave the Colts that accomplishment with a 29-yard
reception in the third quarter. They became the first team since
the 1995 Atlanta Falcons with three 1,000-yard receivers.
Wayne entered the game with 1,059 yards and 11 TDs, both
career-highs. Stokley joined the 1,000-yard club late in the first
half with a 30-yard reception. That gave him 1,007 yards. His
previous career high was 357 yards in 2002 with the Baltimore
Harrison needed 31 yards against the Chargers for his sixth
straight 1,000-yard season and got it on his first catch of the
second half -- a reception that helped set up Manning's record-tying
touchdown to James Mungro.
The only other teams with three 1,000-yard receivers are the 1995
Falcons, the 1989 Washington Redskins and 1980 San Diego Chargers.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.