Denver wasted no time answering the Steelers’ field goal drive. After a 9-yard completion from quarterback Peyton Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker, Manning threw short to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who outran the Steelers defense for the 71-yard touchdown. Big downfield blocks by tight end Jacob Tamme, guard Zane Beadles and wide receiver Matthew Wilis sprung the speedy Thomas.
With that throw, Manning joined Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only passers in NFL history to throw 400 touchdown passes.
By reaching the milestone in his 209th career game, Manning becomes the quickest to get to 400 by 18 games, as both Favre and Marino threw TD No. 400 in the 227th game of their careers.
Thomas now has four catches for 102 yards, giving him three career regular-season games with more than 100 yards receiving. He also topped the 100-yard mark in last year’s AFC Wild Card win over the Steelers, finishing with four catches for 204 yards.