Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is approaching another record -- this time, he’s moving in on Brett Favre’s career mark of 71,838 passing yards. Manning needs just 3 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday to pass Favre.
Here's a look at 10 of Manning's best moments, and a few other records he set along the way:
1. Entering Week 17 in 2013 against the Raiders, Manning needed 265 yards to break Drew Brees’ single-season record for passing yards (5,476). Manning threw for 266 yards -- by halftime. With 18 seconds left in the first half, Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a 5-yard touchdown that gave him the record. Manning sat out the second half, a 34-14 Denver win, to rest for the playoffs.
2. Manning entered Week 5 of 2013 with 60,957 career passing yards, trailing Dan Marino by 404 yards for second most in NFL history. Manning threw for 414 yards in a 51-48 win against the Cowboys. Manning broke the record with 1:57 in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard pass to Thomas. The game was tied at the time, and Manning drove the Broncos to set up a winning Matt Prater field goal.
3. One week before Manning became the 11th quarterback with 40,000 passing yards, Manning passed a Colts legend. In a Week 10 game against the Chargers in 2007, Manning hit Reggie Wayne for 39 yards and passed Johnny Unitas as the Colts’ all-time leading passer.
4. On Monday Night Football in Week 6 of 2012, Manning’s 21-yard touchdown toss to Brandon Stokley midway through the fourth quarter completed a historic comeback against the Chargers. The Broncos trailed 24-0 at halftime. Manning completed 13 of 14 passes and threw three touchdowns in the second half, posting a Total QBR of 98.0 after halftime.
5. With their 8-0 record on the line against the Patriots in Week 10 of 2009, the Colts overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 35-34. Manning threw a 1-yard TD pass to Wayne with 13 seconds remaining. The game is most remembered for Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Patriots’ 28-yard line while leading by six points with two minutes remaining. The gambit failed, and Manning’s touchdown to Wayne came four plays later.
6. Manning entered a game in Week 11 of 2007 against the Chiefs with 39,972 yards, on the doorstep of becoming the 11th quarterback with 40,000 passing yards. After a 4-yard completion to Dallas Clark, Manning hit Wayne for 38 yards and clinched his place in the 40,000-yard club.
7. The Broncos finished the 2012 season with a loss to Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs. In Week 1 of the 2013 season, Manning got his revenge, throwing for a record-tying seven touchdowns in a 49-27 victory over the Ravens.
8. In Week 5 of 2003, the Colts trailed the Buccaneers by 21 points in the fourth quarter on Monday Night Football. Manning led the Colts to 24 unanswered points to complete the comeback. He threw for two touchdowns, including a 28-yard toss to Marvin Harrison with 2:29 remaining to bring the Colts within seven. The Colts became the first team in NFL history to win after trailing by 21 or more points with less than four minutes to play. Manning completed 34 of 47 passes for 386 yards.
9. The longest TD of Manning’s career was an 86-yard pass to Marcus Pollard, on the first play of the game in Week 10 of 2001 against New Orleans. He equaled it in 2014 with an 86-yard touchdown to Thomas in Week 5. Manning has six career TD passes of 80-plus yards, with three coming on the his team’s first play from scrimmage.
10. Manning's first completion went to the only (current) Hall of Famer to catch a pass from Manning. Manning hit Marshall Faulk for a 15-yard gain in the first quarter of the Colts' Week 1 game in 1998. The Dolphins, led by Marino, won 24-15, but Manning finished with 302 passing yards. It was his first career 300-yard game.