Manning had become the National Football League’s all-time passing yards leader early in the game, then was benched as he produced one of the worst performances of his Hall of Fame career.
The 39 -year-old completed merely 5-of-20 pass for 35 yards and four interceptions and coach Gary Kubiak said after the game that he likely should not have started his veteran quarterback.
“He came in Saturday and his rib were bothering him a little bit. I likely should have induced government decisions not to play him in the game, ” Kubiak told reporters. “I’m very disappointed in myself.”
Manning, who started the game three yards shy of the all-time mark of 71, 838 yards, broke the record after completing a four-yard pass to Ronnie Hillman in the first quarter.
The game was briefly stopped to distinguish the achievement and the Broncos also demonstrated a video tribute to the quarterback, who acknowledged the ovation from the home mob and flung the Hall of Fame-bound ball to the Denver sideline.
But the celebration was short-lived as Manning made wobbly inaccurate throws and the Broncos( 7-2) lost their second successive game.
Manning has just nine touchdowns and a league-high 17 interceptions this season, a far cry from the numbers he has racked up as one of the game’s best quarterbacks.
He and Brett Favre, who retired in accordance with the NFL’s 2010 season, are the only two quarterbacks to have hurled for more than 70,000 yards.
Manning, who has led Denver to a Super Bowl berth and three division titles since joining the team in 2012, already owns a slew of NFL records.
His performance, however, meant he could not add another record to the listing. He needed a win to move ahead of Favre’s 186 career victories.
He expended the first 14 years of his career in Indianapolis, where he flung for 54,828 yards.( Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; additional reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Justin Palmer/ Greg Stutchbury)
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