Manning broke the Broncos' single-game franchise record with 39 completions as Denver rolled to a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans with temperatures hovering near 15 degrees on Sunday. His seventh four-touchdown game also broke a record held by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino (1984) and the 2004 version of Manning.
Here's what else we learned in Sunday's game:
- Denver's 39 first downs fell one short of the record set by the New Orleans Saints a month ago. In addition to quieting concerns about his arm in cold weather, Manning also deep-sixed any talk of competition for his fifth MVP award. The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have four players with 10-plus touchdowns. If wide receiver Eric Decker scores twice in the final three weeks, they will have five players in double figures.
Manning is now on pace for a ridiculous 55 touchdown tosses and 5,562 yards through the air. He's thrown some of his prettiest passes of the season in the past two games.