Manning sets record with four more TD passes

Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:44pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

(Reuters) - Unstoppable Peyton Manning continued his electric start to the NFL season by throwing four touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos moved to 4-0 with a 52-20 crushing of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and no interceptions and his work was so effective that he was able to sit out the fourth quarter as the Broncos enjoyed another blowout win.

The quarterback's 16 touchdowns in the first four games of the season are a league record for the period since the merger of the AFL and NFL in 1970.

"I enjoyed it, we were playing a good team and felt really motivated to score points - touchdowns and not field goals and we did that," said Manning.

Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker had two touchdown receptions each while Trindon Holliday scored with a 105-yard kickoff return.

Not for the first time this season, Denver ran away with the game in the third quarter with Manning throwing three touchdowns in that period. The team has scored 62 points in the third so far this season.

The Seattle Seahawks also extended their winning start to a franchise record four games after a 23-20 comeback victory in overtime at the Houston Texans while the New York Giants suffered a fourth straight loss with a miserable 31-7 defeat at Kansas City.

The Seahawks' impressive start to the season looked in danger when they trailed 20-3 in Houston but, helped by some poor choices by Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Seattle clawed their way back.   Continued...

Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate (81) leaps as he returns a punt in overtime against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Houston Texans 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports