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Career points
Fastest records
Manning took 185 games to get 350 touchdown passes and 191 games to get 50,000 yards, both NFL records. Awards
NFL MVP: 2003 (shared with Steve McNair), 2004, 2008, 2009
Pro Bowls: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
First-team All-Pro: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 Colts greats
Peyton Manning vs. Johnny Unitas
Pass attempts: Manning 7,210, Unitas 5,110
Pass completions: Manning 4,682, Unitas 2,796
Yards: Manning 54,828, Unitas 39,768
Touchdowns: Manning 399, Unitas 287
Games: Manning 208, Unitas 206 Among all-time leaders
Completed passes: 4,682, 1st among active players, 3rd behind Brett Favre (6,300) and Dan Marino (4,967)
Passing yards: 54,828, 1st among active players, 3rd behind Brett Favre (71,838) and Dan Marino (61,361)
Passing touchdowns: 399, 1st among active players, 3rd behind Brett Favre (508) and Dan Marino (420)
Passing yards per game: 263.6, 2nd all-time behind Drew Brees (264.6)
4th-quarter game winning drives: 46, 1st among active players, 2nd behind Dan Marino (51)
4th-quarter comebacks: 35, 1st among active players, 2nd behind Dan Marino (36)
Total offense: 54,067 yards, 1st among active players, 3rd behind Brett Favre (70,195) and Dan Marino (59,518)
Games started: 208, 5th among active players, 46th all-time
Playoff games: 19, 2nd among active players, 70th all-time
Consecutive starts: 208 (1999-2011), 2nd all-time to Brett Favre (297)
Consecutive starts including playoffs: 227, 2nd all-time to Brett Favre (321) Backups to Manning
1998: Kelly Holcomb, Jim Kubiak, Bill Musgrave, Doug Nussmeier, Mike Quinn
1999: Stoney Case, Kelly Holcomb, Jim Kubiak, Roderick Robinson, Steve Walsh
2000: Pete Gonzalez, Mark Hartsell, Kelly Holcomb, Gus Ornstein, Billy Joe Hobert
2001: Billy Joe Hobert, Dave Meyer, Roderick Robinson, Mark Rypien
2002: Brock Huard, Cory Sauter, Greg Zolman
2003: Tom Arth, Jim Drunkenmiller, Brock Huard, Jim Kubiak, James MacPherson, Cory Sauter
2004: Cory Sauter, Tom Arth, Jim Sorgi, Joe Hamilton, Travis Brown
2005: Tom Arth, Jim Sorgi, Travis Brown
2006: Jim Sorgi, Josh Betts, David Koral, Shaun King, Mike McGann
2007: Jim Sorgi, Josh Betts, Mike McGann, John Navarre
2008: Jim Sorgi, Josh Betts, Quinn Gray, Jared Lorenzen, Adam Tafralis, David Greene
2009: Jim Sorgi, Curtis Painter, Chris Crane, Shane Boyd, Drew Willy
2010: Curtis Painter, Drew Willy, Tim Hiller, Tom Brandstater
2011: Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky, Nate Davis, Mike Hartline, Kerry Collins
Manning and receiver Marvin Harrison were one of the best touchdown combinations in league history.

The Great 18

A look back at Peyton Manning’s Colts career

On Dec. 26, 2004, Peyton Manning threw his record-breaking 49th touchdown of the season against San Diego.
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1.

Jan. 21, 2007

In the AFC championship game, the Colts recovered from an 18-point deficit to get a spot in the Super Bowl with a 38-34 victory over the visiting New England Patriots. Manning had been 0-2 against the Patriots in the playoffs. He completed 27 of 47 passes for 349 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Colts scored on six of their final eight drives, not counting one where Manning knelt down. Running back Joseph Addai had the game-winning 3-yard touchdown run, after Manning orchestrated a seven-play, 80-yard drive.

2.

Oct. 6, 2003

A Monday Night Football classic saw the Colts win 38-35 in overtime at Tampa Bay. Indianapolis came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit and a 35-14 deficit in the fourth quarter. Manning completed 34 of 47 passes for 386 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The game-winning drive started at the 13-yard line and included key third-down passes to Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Troy Walters before Mike Vanderjagt’s winning field goal.

3.

Jan. 4, 2004

Manning’s first postseason victory came 41-10 over the visiting Denver Broncos. Manning had been 0-3 in the playoffs. He threw touchdown passes on the first four possessions and finished 22 of 26 for 377 yards with five touchdowns. Manning had the fourth perfect passer rating in playoff history.

4.

Dec. 26, 2004

Manning threw his 49th touchdown pass of the season, eclipsing Dan Marino’s single-season record by one. He led the Colts to a 34-31 overtime victory over the visiting San Diego Chargers. Manning came into the game feeling the pressure of the record chase and the need to get Indianapolis the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, and they won their eighth straight. He completed 27 of 44 passes for 383 yards with two touchdowns and and interception. The record touchdown to Brandon Stokley forced overtime with 56 seconds remaining.

5.

Sept. 28, 2003

Manning was exceptional in a 55-21 victory in his first trip to his childhood home of New Orleans against the Saints, the team for which his father, Archie, played. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 314 yards with six touchdowns, more than anyone had thrown in a single game in more than a decade. Three of the touchdowns went to Harrison, and the Colts were 4-0 for the first time since 1996.

6.

Feb. 4, 2007

Manning secured his place among the all-time greats with a victory in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17 over the Chicago Bears in Miami. His numbers weren’t spectacular – 25 of 38 for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception – but he was selected Super Bowl MVP.

7.

Sept. 26, 2004

It was a game of Manning and Brett Favre trying to one-up each other. They combined for nine touchdown passes in the Colts’ 45-31 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers. Manning completed 28 of 40 passes for 393 yards with five touchdowns.

8.

Dec. 18, 2006

Paced by three touchdowns from Manning to Harrison, the Colts defeated the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 34-16 in a Monday Night Football game. The game was on the heels of an embarrassing 44-17 loss at Jacksonville. The Bengals were trying to prove they were among the AFC’s elite. It didn’t happen, as Manning completed 29 of 36 passes for 282 yards with four touchdowns.

9.

Jan. 11, 2004

In a 38-31 divisional-round playoff game at Kansas City, Manning completed 22 of 30 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Indianapolis scored on six of its first seven drives. For the first time in NFL history, there were no punts in a playoff game.

10.

Nov. 7, 2005

Manning had been 0-7 at Foxboro before this 40-21 Monday Night victory over the Patriots. He completed 28 of 37 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

11.

Jan. 9, 2005

In a 49-24 wild-card playoff victory over visiting Denver, Manning threw for 457 yards, the second most in playoff history. He completed 24 of 34 passes with four touchdowns and an interception. Manning even had a rushing touchdown.

12.

Jan. 24, 2010

Manning earned a trip to his second Super Bowl with a 30-17 victory over the visiting New York Jets. The Colts rallied from an 11-point deficit, as Manning went 26 of 39 for 377 yards with three touchdowns.

13.

Sept. 14, 2008

After offseason knee surgery, there was concern about Manning and the Colts, who started 0-2. Down 15-0 to Minnesota after three quarters, the Colts won 18-15. Manning completed 26 of 42 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. A third-down pass to Wayne set up Adam Vinatieri’s winning field goal.

14.

Dec. 5, 1999

Miami was a formidable division rival. Manning’s numbers weren’t great – he completed 23 of 29 passes for 260 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions – but the 37-34 victory signaled the Colts’ ascension to a league power and showed Manning was among the league’s bright young stars.

15.

Oct. 22, 2000

A 30-23 victory over the visiting Patriots saw Manning complete 16 of 20 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns. The Colts scored 16 unanswered points to win.

16.

Oct. 18, 1998

Manning threw more touchdown passes than interceptions for the first time in his seventh career game. He completed 18 of 30 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-31 loss at San Francisco.

17.

Dec. 5, 2004

Even three onside kicks in the first half by the Tennessee Titans couldn’t keep the ball out of Manning’s hands and him from winning 51-24. The Colts scored 40 or more points for a fourth straight game. Manning completed 25 of 33 passes for 425 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

18.

Sept. 25, 2000

A 43-14 victory over visiting Jacksonville featured Manning’s first four-touchdown game. He completed 23 of 36 passes for 440 yards.

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– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette

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