Peyton Manning Is Still Eight Touchdowns Behind Brett Favre, If You Include Pick-Sixes
You might think you saw some history last night when Peyton Manning threw his 509th regular season touchdown against the 49ers. Depending on how strictly we define the word "touchdown," Manning still trails former (current?) record-holder Brett Favre by eight.
What is a "touchdown"? The dictionary in Google defines it as "a six-point score made by carrying or passing the ball into the end zone of the opposing side, or by recovering it there following a fumble or blocked kick." So, does that include pick-sixes? Of course not, but for purposes of being pains in the ass, we'll say it does for the moment. Favre threw 35 picks returned for a touchdown in his career; Manning has thrown 26.
Adjusted for pick-six totals, Manning has 535 touchdowns in his career, while Brett Favre has 543.
By the way, Manning also trails Favre 44-37 in postseason touchdowns. If we use postseason + regular season touchdowns and discount those returned by a defense for the score, Manning has 547, Favre 552.
So, basically, history was only made if you look at it within the parameters that we all agreed to. If you start adding other random and not necessarily related numbers, things change. Weird, huh?
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