Updated: October 19, 2014, 11:33 PM ET

Jeff Legwold
| ESPN.com

DENVER — Just three years removed from spinal fusion surgery, in what has been a remarkable re-start to his NFL career as the Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning passed Brett Favre for the league’s record for career touchdown passes Sunday night with his 509th career scoring pass in front of a national primetime audience.

Manning stands alone at the top of the list after an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half. The pass gave the Broncos a 21-3 lead in the game.

The Broncos played a brief tribute, that included a video message from Favre, John Elway and several of Manning’s teammates. The Broncos receivers, as well as Julius Thomas, played keepaway briefly to keep the record football from Manning before finally handing the ball to the future Hall of Famer.

Favre took to Twitter to congratulate Manning.

Well deserved Peyton. Congratulations on breaking my record. #Onto600 https://t.co/MEeffAlmeP

— Brett Favre (@Favre4Official) October 20, 2014

Manning had thrown a 3-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders with 8:29 second left in the opening quarter for his 507th career scoring pass, along with a 39-yard scoring pass to Wes Welker with 2:57 left in the first quarter to tie the record. It was Sanders’ first touchdown catch of the season and his first scoring pass from Manning.

The game marked Manning’s 246th regular-season start while Favre threw 508 touchdown passes in 302 regular-season starts for the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. Manning threw 399 touchdown passes in the regular season during his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning had …read more