Peyton Manning breaks NFL record for most passing yards in a season

Peyton Manning added another distinction to his legendary career on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. During the first half, Manning broke the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season. He connected with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for five yards, passing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees by one yard.

At the half, Manning had totaled 5,477 yards. Following is a look at the top five most prolific seasons for passing yardage.

  • Peyton Manning, Denver, 2013 … 5,477
  • Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2011 … 5,476
  • Tom Brady, New England, 2011 … 5,235
  • Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2012 … 5,177
  • Dan Marino, Miami, 1984 … 5,084

The record stood for almost three decades before both Brees and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke Dan Marino’s mark in 2011.

Last week against the Houston Texans, Manning set the record for most passing touchdowns in a single season with 51, breaking Brady’s record of 50.