Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year has made NFL history.
Outside of a scoreless third quarter in which he was harassed by the Houston Texans' defensive front, Manning was on point all afternoon. He had tied the record just minutes earlier by dropping one in the bucket from 20 yards out, right into Eric Decker's waiting hands.
Already the only team in history to feature four players with double-digit touchdowns, the Broncos added a fifth behind Decker's two scores Sunday.
The fourth-quarter onslaught, featuring three touchdowns in nine minutes is illustrative of Manning's historic season. Even when this offense is held in check for a significant portion of the game, they repeatedly have shown the ability to pull away with a flurry of touchdowns.
The Broncos wrapped up the AFC West and a first-round bye Sunday. Unless the Patriots lose at Baltimore, however, they still will have to play to win at Oakland next week to lock up the AFC's No. 1 seed.