Peyton Manning has (almost) thrown for more passing yards than any quarterback in NFL history. Needing 284 yards on Sunday -- in Indianapolis of all places -- Manning struggled to put any sort of game together early, limping through the first half.
A second-half passing explosion, however, put Manning in position to topple Brett Favre's record of 71,838 yards. But thanks to Aqib Talib jabbing Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye during a brush-up between Allen and Von Miller late (and with the Colts driving), the Broncos never got the ball back.
Instead Manning left Indy -- where he spent the early portion of his career amassing most of those yards (54,828 of them to be exact) -- without the record.
Manning nearly broke the record on a pass attempt in the end zone to Demaryius Thomas late in the game, but the pass was incomplete. Thomas did draw a flag for pass interference and Manning eventually threw a 1-yard touchdown to Owen Daniels.
But the 1-yard score wasn't enough. On Denver's last possession, Manning was picked off by Darius Butler on a first-down pass intended for Demaryius Thomas with six minutes left. The Broncos never got the ball back fell 27-24 to Indy in a stunner.
Peyton will get another shot at toppling Favre next week at home against the Chiefs. If he comes up short again something went really wrong.