Broncos host 49ers on 'Sunday Night Football'; Manning needs three touchdown passes to set NFL all-time record for most career passing TDs
Peyton Manning looks to become the most prolific quarterback in NFL history this Sunday when the Denver Broncos (4-1) host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) on "Sunday Night Football" on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with "Football Night in America" at 7 p.m. ET. Manning is currently chasing 509, needing just three more passing touchdowns to reach 509 for his career, which would break the NFL record for most passing touchdowns (Brett Favre, 508).
The Broncos enter their "Sunday Night Football" showdown with San Francisco following a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The 49ers have won three straight games, including a 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams Monday night. Sunday night's game is only the third meeting in the past 10 years between the 49ers and Broncos, and the first-ever meeting between Manning and Kaepernick.
Calling 49ers-Broncos is Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
"Football Night in America," the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by Bob Costas, who will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.
Dan Patrick co-hosts "Football Night" from NBC Sports Group's Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk" on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Giants-Cowboys game.
Peyton Manning 'Chasing 509' on 'Sunday Night Football'
With three more passing touchdowns this Sunday night, Manning would reach 509 passing TDs in his career to eclipse Favre (508) for the most career passing touchdowns in NFL history. Some of Manning's most memorable moments "Chasing 509" have come on "Sunday Night Football" on NBC. Manning boasts a 17-6 all-time record on "SNF" (including "NFL Kickoff"), the most wins of any quarterback on "SNF" on NBC, including a 10-3 home record in those contests. Following are some of Manning's top performances on NBC over the past eight-plus seasons.
•Sept. 10, 2006 - In the first-ever "Sunday Night Football" game on NBC, Manning throws for 247 yards and a touchdown in "The Manning Bowl," leading the Indianapolis Colts past younger brother Eli and the New York Giants, 26-21, at Giants Stadium.
•Nov. 5, 2006 -Manning throws for 327 yards and two touchdowns, as the Colts improve to 8-0 with a 27-20 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
•Sept. 6, 2007 - Manning and the Colts follow their Super Bowl XLI victory with a 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on "NFL Kickoff," as the Colts QB throws for four touchdowns at the RCA Dome.
•Oct. 11, 2009 - Manning goes 36-for-44, including a perfect 14-for-14 in the second quarter, with 309 yards and three touchdowns, in a 31-9 win in Tennessee over the Titans. In the game, Manning passed Fran Tarkenton for third place on the all-time TD pass list behind Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
•Nov. 15, 2009 - Following Bill Belichick's stunning gamble on fourth down in Patriots territory, Manning leads the Colts on a game-winning drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds remaining in a 35-34 win, keeping Indianapolis undefeated at 9-0.
•Sept. 9, 2012 - In his return to the NFL and debut with the Broncos following neck surgery in 2011, Manning throws the 400th TD of his NFL career in a 31-19 win over the Steelers.
•Sept. 5, 2013 - Manning throws a NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes and 462 yards, the second-highest total of his career, in a 49-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
•Oct. 20, 2013 - Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time since joining the Broncos, and throws for 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-33 loss to Andrew Luck and the Colts.
•Sept. 7, 2014 - Manning defeats Luck and the Colts to open the "Sunday Night Football" schedule, throwing three touchdown passes to Julius Thomas in a 31-24 win in Denver. With the win, Manning joined Favre as the only quarterbacks to beat each of the current 32 NFL franchises.