Oct 19, 2014 9:16 PM
Manning ties Favre's TD record, Broncos lead 14-0
The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to tie Brett Favre's career NFL record and the Denver Broncos led the San Francisco 49ers 14-0 after the first quarter Sunday night.
Manning threw a 3-yard scoring strike to Emmanuel Sanders and added a 39-yarder to Wes Welker to match Farve at 508.
It didn't take long for Manning to settle into a rhythm in this game. The five-time NFL MVP was 7 for 7 for 111 yards in his first two scoring drives.
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers went three-and-out to open the game. But the offense found some moment on their next possession, driving to the Broncos 33 before stalling out. Phil Dawson attempted a 51-yard field goal, only to have it sail wide left. Dawson entered the game 4 of 4 from 50 or more yards.
Denver tweaked its offensive line for this game, inserting Paul Cornick at right tackle for Chris Clark. Cornick was whistled for a false start penalty early in the game. He nearly got beat by Aaron Lynch on Manning's first TD toss, but held his block just long enough for Manning to deliver a strike to Sanders.
The 49ers were missing inside linebacker Patrick Willis (strained toe) and cornerback Chris Culliver (hamstring, shoulder). Rookie Chris Borland filled in for the All-Pro Willis and former Bronco Perrish Cox stepped in for Culliver, but they were out of sorts early.
San Francisco's ailments weren't limited to defense, as Joe Looney took over at left guard for Mike Iupati, who's out with a concussion.
It's a short turnaround for the Broncos as they host San Diego on Thursday night.
Over the weekend, the Broncos unveiled a statue of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen outside the stadium. Bowlen stepped away from the daily duties this season because of Alzheimer's disease.
Under Bowlen's leadership, the Broncos have had 18 winning seasons and 16 playoff appearances, most in the league since he was introduced as majority owner in 1984.