Posted by Chase Stuart on December 13, 2009
Before today, only two players had grabbed 18 or more passes in a game since 1960: Brandon Marshall and Terrell Owens. Owens set the NFL record when he caught 20 passes against the Bears, in Jerry Rice's final home game as a San Francisco 49er. Owens stole the show that day from the future Hall of Fame receiver. Today, Brandon Marshall broke Owens' record, but didn't manage to steal the show from another future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning.
|Brandon Marshall||26-265||2009-12-13||DEN||@||IND||L 16-28||14||Sun||21||200||9.5||2|
|Terrell Owens||27-010||2000-12-17||SFO||CHI||W 17-0||16||Sun||20||283||14.2||1|
|Brandon Marshall||24-175||2008-09-14||DEN||SDG||W 39-38||2||Sun||18||166||9.2||1|
|Clark Gaines||26-233||1980-09-21||NYJ||SFO||L 27-37||3||Sun||17||160||9.4||0|
|Troy Brown||31-082||2002-09-22||NWE||KAN||W 41-38||3||Sun||16||176||11.0||1|
|Keenan McCardell||26-288||1996-10-20||JAX||@||STL||L 14-17||8||Sun||16||232||14.5||0|
|Sonny Randle||26-302||1962-11-04||STL||@||NYG||L 28-31||8||Sun||16||256||16.0||1|
|Jerry Rice||32-038||1994-11-20||SFO||RAM||W 31-27||12||Sun||16||165||10.3||3|
|Flipper Anderson||24-264||1989-11-26||RAM||@||NOR||W 20-17||12||Sun||15||336||22.4||1|
|William Andrews||25-325||1981-11-15||ATL||PIT||L 20-34||11||Sun||15||124||8.3||0|
|Isaac Bruce||23-044||1995-12-24||STL||MIA||L 22-41||17||Sun||15||210||14.0||1|
|Chris Chambers||27-114||2005-12-04||MIA||BUF||W 24-23||13||Sun||15||238||15.9||1|
|Steve Largent*||33-020||1987-10-18||SEA||@||DET||W 37-14||5||Sun||15||261||17.4||3|
|Andre Reed||30-295||1994-11-20||BUF||GNB||W 29-20||12||Sun||15||191||12.7||2|
|Jimmy Smith||31-214||2000-09-10||JAX||@||BAL||L 36-39||2||Sun||15||291||19.4||3|
|Wes Welker||28-205||2009-11-22||NWE||NYJ||W 31-14||11||Sun||15||192||12.8||0|
|Kellen Winslow*||26-337||1984-10-07||SDG||@||GNB||W 34-28||6||Sun||15||157||10.5||0|
|Jason Witten||25-217||2007-12-09||DAL||@||DET||W 28-27||14||Sun||15||138||9.2||1|
|Rickey Young||26-009||1979-12-16||MIN||@||NWE||L 23-27||16||Sun||15||116||7.7||1|
The Colts won the game, giving them an NFL record 114 wins in the decade of the '00s. The 49ers had previously held the record for most wins in a arbitrary decade beginning in a year ending with "0", with 113 wins in the '90s. Additionally, the Colts and Saints became the sixth and seventh teams to start a season 13-0. As if that wasn't enough, the Colts also became the first team to ever win 22 straight regular season games, breaking the record held by New England. After losing 21-0 to the Dolphins in week 14 of the 2006 season, the Patriots won their final three regular season, went 16-0 in '07, and then won their first two games last year before falling 38-13 to Miami in week three.
The Colts weren't just setting team records today, though. With another four-touchdown passing game, Manning is now tied with Brett Favre and Dan Marino with 22 total games of four-touchdown passes or more, most in NFL history.