November 25, 2004

Manning’s 6 TD Passes Give Colts 41-9 Lead

DETROIT - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning set an NFL record by throwing at least four touchdown passes in a fifth straight game, getting four in the first half Thursday. Manning added two more TD passes in the third quarter to give the Colts a 41-9 lead over the Detroit Lions.

Dan Marino had a four-game streak in 1984, when he also set a league mark with 48 TD passes in a season. Manning now has 41 touchdown passes this season.

Manning connected with Brandon Stokley for scores three times, then broke Marino's record with a TD pass to Marvin Harrison to help the Colts take a halftime lead. Harrison also caught Manning's fifth and sixth TD tosses in the third quarter. He has thrown at least three touchdowns in the first half in five of 11 games this season.

Rookie Jim Sorgi replaced Manning late in the third quarter.

Through 10 games, Manning lead the NFL with 35 TDs, two more than his previous career best, 2,960 yards passing and a passer rating of 122.2.

Colts coach Tony Dungy said if his quarterback was focused on the record, he could've thrown for even more scores this season.

"We go to the line of scrimmage all the time with a run-pass option. He can call a pass on every play," Dungy said.