DENVER -- When the football-viewing nation last left Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, he was stuck on the sidelines inside Lucas Oil Stadium as the Indianapolis Colts' offense used a few well-timed third-down conversions and Aqib Talib's meltdown to keep the ball for the game’s final six minutes.
As a result, Manning enters Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs 3 yards short of setting the career passing yards record and a win short of setting the career victories record by a starting quarterback. Brett Favre currently owns the passing yards record and is tied with Manning in career wins with 186.
Manning’s final pass attempt in the Broncos’ loss to the Colts last Sunday was intercepted. Then Indianapolis’ offense proceeded to use up the final six minutes of the game, with Andrew Luck taking a knee on the Broncos’ 2-yard line on the final play.
"Everybody wanted to get him those records with a win last week and everybody wants to do it this week," wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.
So, with all of that in mind, here are some things to watch for Sunday against the Chiefs:
Manning's 1-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels with 8 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in last Sunday’s loss was his last completion of that game. He will likely break the all-time passing yardage mark with his first throw against the Chiefs. The Broncos are expected to stop the game briefly to acknowledge the record. The ball will be headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In the weeks ahead, representatives from the Hall will also ask Manning for some other items for display, such as his game jersey or cleats.
On the list of players who have caught at least one pass from Manning is former Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, whose only reception of a Manning pass was a touchdown. Also, Manning himself is on the list for a catch of minus-2 yards on a pass that was deflected back to him.
Marvin Harrison leads the way with 12,756 yards receiving on passes from Manning, a total that included 112 touchdowns. Reggie Wayne is second with 10,592 yards receiving on Manning passes, and Demaryius Thomas is third with 5,215 yards. Harrison, Wayne and Thomas are the only three players with at least 5,000 yards among the list of 88 players who have caught a pass from Manning. The list also includes one current Hall of Famer -- Marshall Faulk, who had 86 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns in his one season as Manning’s teammate. That was 1998, Manning’s rookie year.
Manning is 3 yards shy of breaking Favre's record of 71,838 career passing yards, and heading into Sunday’s game, Manning has thrown 818 fewer career passes than Favre and has 185 fewer completions.
The Broncos have won 11 consecutive home games and have won their last nine games against AFC West opponents. The Broncos are 7-0 in Manning’s seven starts against the Chiefs since he signed with the Broncos in 2012. That includes the Broncos' Week 2 win in Kansas City.