DENVER (CBS4) – In a game that Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for the most touchdown passes in NFL history, one player who also had a notable game was wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who caught his first touchdown of the season.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos scores on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos scores on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Sanders had led the Broncos in receptions all season until Demaryius Thomas passed him Sunday, but had yet to catch a touchdown going into Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. The drought ended when Manning connected with Sanders for a 3-yard touchdown on the opening drive.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown with Peyton Manning #18 and Julius Thomas #80 in the first quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown with Peyton Manning #18 and Julius Thomas #80 in the first quarter of a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

“Yeah it felt good to finally get in the end zone. Today was definitely a special day. Obviously, Peyton broke the record, I ended up catching my first touchdown as a Bronco. So I’m excited. But we’ve still got a quick turnaround on Thursday,” Sanders said.

Even though Thomas stole the show by not only catching Manning’s record breaking touchdown pass, but also racking up 171 yards, Sanders was just happy the Broncos played so well against a team many think is in the elite of the NFC.

“San Francisco is a good football team. Tonight we were just a better football team, obviously. I think that they’ve got great athletes on the field, I think they are a playoff-contending team and kudos to those guys for coming out and actually performing,” Sanders said.

With the big win behind them the Broncos don’t have a lot of time to prepare for Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, a team looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers were looking to be 6-1 heading into the matchup with the Broncos but Chiefs rookie kicker Cairo Santos’ nailed a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds left for the 23-20 win, snapping San Diego’s five-game winning streak.

Emmanuel Sanders after the Broncos 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday (credit: CBS)

Emmanuel Sanders after the Broncos 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday (credit: CBS)

“We’ve got a quick turnaround on Thursday. We’ve got a good opponent coming in here with the Chargers, and we’ve got to definitely get our bodies right and get our minds right,” Sanders said.

With the Chiefs win, the AFC West is now a three-team race with Kansas City improving to 3-3. The Broncos hope to distance themselves from both teams with a win over 5-2 Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is at 6:25 p.m. on CBS4.

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– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com

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