DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has broken Brett Favre’s record for the most passing yards in NFL history.

Manning was only 3 yards shy of breaking Favre’s record of 71,838 yards going into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brett Favre (credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport/Getty Images)

Brett Favre (credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport/Getty Images)

Most everyone thought Manning would break the record last week when the Broncos played Manning’s former team, the Colts in Indianapolis. But a couple of defensive penalties on the Broncos at the end of the game kept the Broncos’ offense from getting the ball back; and Manning ended the game 3 yards short of breaking Favre’s record.

Manning spent most of his career with Indianapolis where he amassed most of his passing yards playing for the Colts (54,828). He had 17,008 as a Denver Bronco going into Sunday’s game.

Top 10 NFL Career Passing Yards Leaders (UPDATE WITH MANNING PASSING FAVRE AND YARDAGE WHEN HE DID IT)Peyton Manning (Active/39) – 71,836 (1998-2015 with two teams)

1. Peyton Manning (Active/39) – 71,840 (1998-2015 with two teams)
2. Brett Favre – 71,838 (1991-2010 with four teams)
3. Dan Marino – 61,361 (1983-1999 with Miami)
4. Drew Brees (Active/36) – 58,796 (2001-2015 with two teams)
5. Tom Brady (Active/38) – 55,967 (2000-2015 with New England)
6. John Elway – 51,475 (1983-1998 with Denver)
7. Warren Moon – 49,325 (1984-2000 with four teams)
8. Fran Tarkenton – 47,003 (1961-1978 with two teams)
9. Vinny Testaverde – 46,233 (1987-2007 with seven teams)
10. Drew Bledsoe – 44,611 (1993-2006 with three teams)

Favre amassed his total yards in 19 seasons while Manning has only played in 17. The next closest active players to Manning are Brees and Brady, and at age 36 and 38 respectively, it’s highly unlikely they will surpass Manning.

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (C) is carried by teammates Ed McCaffrey (L) and Bubby Brister (R) after the Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24 to win Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, CA 25 January. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (C) is carried by teammates Ed McCaffrey (L) and Bubby Brister (R) after the Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24 to win Super Bowl XXXII. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Elway amassed his total yards in 15 seasons with the Broncos.

Manning also owns the record for most touchdown passes in NFL history with . Favre is next on the list with 508.

Next on Manning’s list is career wins. He’s currently tied with Favre at 186 and will break that record if the Broncos can beat the Chiefs.

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