Manning, Thomas light up Cardinals

Denver, CO ( – Peyton Manning said Wednesday that getting to
the 500-touchdown mark was just “the other thing.”

He got the best of both worlds on Sunday.

Manning threw his 500th touchdown pass in the first quarter and finished with
four TD tosses in the Denver Broncos’ 41-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Manning hooked up with tight end Julius Thomas for a 7-yard score on 3rd-and-
goal at the 4:43 mark of the opening frame to get to the 500 milestone. He
gave a mini fist pump following the touchdown.

Manning finished 31-of-47 for 479 yards with two interceptions, while
Demaryius Thomas had eight receptions for a career-high 226 yards and two
touchdowns for Denver (3-1), which outscored Arizona 17-0 in the fourth to
pull away.

The five-time MVP Manning joined Brett Favre as the only other quarterback to
eclipse 500 touchdown passes. Favre holds the all-time record with 508 TD
tosses. Manning is five touchdowns away from tying him.

Manning reached the milestone in his 244th career game, while it took Favre
293 contests to reach 500. Marvin Harrison has caught the most TD passes from
Manning with 112, followed by Reggie Wayne with 67.

The 38-year-old fired 399 of those TD passes in Indianapolis and currently has
104 with the Broncos.