Oct 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) and tight end Virgil Green (85) celebrate with quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after his record setting 509th career touchdown pass in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos picked up their fifth win of the 2014 season Sunday night, blowing out the San Francisco 49ers by the final score of 42-17.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning entered Sunday night’s action against the San Francisco 49ers needing three touchdown passes to surpass Brett Favre (509) for most all-time. The next thing you knew, Manning did just that and then some.
Denver’s defense set the tempo right away on San Francisco’s first drive with DeMarcus Ware sacking Colin Kaepernick to force a three and out. On Denver’s first drive, Peyton Manning was sharp; connecting with Demaryius Thomas and Ronnie Hillman for a couple of big gains. Manning capped a nine play, 57 yard drive by hitting Emmanuel Sanders for a three-yard touchdown. That right there was Peyton’s 507th career touchdown pass.
Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco had some momentum going on their second drive but Denver’s defense didn’t break. On a third and four play, Michael Crabtree was called for offensive pass interference which was declined by Denver, forcing San Francisco to attempt a field goal. However, Phil Dawson‘s kick went wide-left as Denver took over on downs.
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Peyton Manning and company went back to work. Manning hit Sanders for an 18-yard pass to start the drive while capping it with a 39-yard strike to Wes Welker for his 508th career touchdown pass — tying Brett Favre’s for most all-time.
There went that Denver defense again, stalling San Francisco’s offense forcing their second three and out. After the Broncos offense couldn’t get anything going, San Francisco finally put some points up on the board. After starting from their own 13-yard line, Colin Kaepernick made a couple of big passes to Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson leading them down to Denver’s thirteen. Phil Dawson wouldn’t miss this time, sinking a 22-yard field goal to bring Denver’s lead down to 11.
On Denver’s fourth drive, we witnessed history. Peyton Manning collected his 509th career touchdown pass on an 80-yard drive where he found Demaryius Thomas who tipped-toed his way in for the score. Congratulations to Peyton Manning on accomplishing such an amazing feat. Denver led San Francisco 21-3 with 3:09 remaining in the second.
San Francisco did respond however, as Denver’s defense looked tired during their two-minute drill. Colin Kaepernick led his troops on a seven play, 80 yard drive finding Stevie Johnson open in the back of the end zone. Kaepernick’s touchdown pass led San Francisco into the half down by 11, 21-10 Denver.
After an Aqib Talib interception of Kaepernick early in the third quarter, all Peyton Manning needed was one play to collect career touchdown pass number 510. Manning hit Demaryius Thomas in stride for a 40 yard touchdown pass, extending Denver’s lead to 28-10. With that touchdown pass from Manning, that would be his seventh consecutive game with a completion over 40+ yards.
We had a Ronnie Hillman explosion in the third quarter as Denver needed just three plays to surpass 86 yards. Hillman took a handoff from Manning as he scampered 37 yards to the house to put Denver up 35-10. Denver kept adding on, continuing to run up the score on a defense missing Patrick Willis. Ronnie Hillman bulldozed his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, making it 42-10 Denver with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter. That was just the fourth rushing touchdown all season for Denver.
If you were looking for Peyton Manning to pad the stats even more, you were out of luck. Denver elected to yank Manning up 42-10 by putting in back-up Brock Osweiler with 13:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Broncos eventually held off the 49ers by the final score of 42-17 with Blaine Gabbert collecting a touchdown pass late to Bruce Ellington.
The Denver Broncos (5-1) resume play this week as they take on the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled to begin at 8:25 PM EST, 6:25 PM MST.