KUSA - Peyton Manning's record start to the 2013 season hit its end Sunday night when the Denver Broncos quarterback failed to reach the next pinnacle in his run of touchdown passes.
For the first six weeks, Manning had set the NFL record each week for touchdown passes to open the season. He had 22 TD passes in the Broncos' 6-0 start. He came into the Week 7 game at Indianapolis needing five touchdowns to equal the seven-game record to open the season.
Manning finished Sunday's loss at Indianapolis with three touchdown passes, but was sacked four times and threw one interception.
"I thought they played excellent on defense," Manning said of the Colts. "I thought our execution was not as good as we like it to be."
Manning's first TD pass Sunday night was a 17-yard strike to Eric Decker to take a 7-0 lead with 8:16 left in the first quarter. It capped a two-play drive, in which Decker caught a 39-yard pass to start the possession.
Early in the second quarter, Manning found tight end Julius Thomas, who stretched out to make a fingertip catch in the end zone. The third-down play was TD No. 24, and his eighth this season to Thomas.
After being sacked in the second quarter, Manning had a stretch where he went 9-of-18 passing for just 47 yards until the Broncos' three-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
"I threw a lot of wobbly passes," Manning said. "I threw a lot of wobbly touchdowns, too."
He connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 31-yard pass play to pull within 36-23 with 12:11 left in the game.
But, that is where the streak ended.
During the NFL-record 50-touchdown pass season, New England's Tom Brady had 27 touchdown passes, including six in the seventh game, to start the 2007 season 7-0.
When Manning set the previous record with 49 TD passes in 2004, he threw for 22 TDs in the Colts' first seven games.
A look at the records Manning has set or tied this season:
Most TD passes in a game: 7
Most TD passes in first two games: 9
Most TD passes first three games: 12
Most TD passes first four games: 16
Most TDs passes without interception to start season: 19
Most TD passes first five games: 20
Most TD passes first six games: 22
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