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Bill Belichick: Peyton Manning record is a "phenomenal accomplishment"

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hails Peyton Manning's record-breaking accomplishment as he becomes the leading player in touchdown passes in the history of the NFL.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has hailed Peyton Manning's career touchdown passing record as a "phenomenal accomplishment".

Manning surpassed Brett Favre's record when he threw the 509th strike of his career in his side's win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in his 246th match.

Belichick feels that the 38-year-old has shown an incredible level of excellence throughout his 17 years in the league, especially against his side.

"For a career it's an unbelievable amount of consistent production," Belichick told reporters. "He'd probably be waiting longer to pass that record if he hadn't gone against me so many times.

"He certainly threw a lot of them against defenses that I had. His durability, his longevity, his production and that's why it is what it is, why that record is what it is.

"[Brett] Favre did it for a long time and on a very consistent level and Peyton has done the same thing even a little more. It's a phenomenal accomplishment."

Manning broke the NFL records for passing touchdowns in a season and passing yardage in the 2013 campaign.

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A digital display commemorates the NFL record 509th career passing touchdown by quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of a game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile H
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