It seems routine at this point, but Peyton Manning stands at the threshold of breaking yet another NFL passing record; this time, he can become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, moving in front of Brett Favre. Thankfully, it’s not happening with him just going through the motions in search only of numbers. Manning is currently in charge of the powerful and efficient offense of the Denver Broncos, hooking up his talented receivers so smoothly that they can’t help but tell everyone how easy it all feels.

The Broncos’ only loss of the season came in overtime on the road in a Super Bowl rematch with Seattle, and their last two contests were wins by at least two touchdowns. Things won’t be so easy this weekend, and they’ll need to fire on all cylinders to hold off the visiting San Francisco 49ers if they want to give Manning the chance to set the record and get the win in front of the Mile High faithful. Despite a banged-up defense and an early season swoon, the Niners are rounding into their annual, contending form; they arrive powered by a three-game win streak and with quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s arms and legs operating at full speed.

At an average price of $377 per ticket, Sunday’s Broncos-49ers game is the most in-demand regular season Broncos home game ever, topping Peyton Manning’s Denver debut in 2012 ($360 for 9/9/2012 game vs. Steelers). In fact, fans have paid almost $100 more per ticket for this game than for the home opener this year against the Indianapolis Colts ($285).

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Colin Kaepernick has had a few stumbles this season, but he remains a unique difference maker for the 49ers.

Broncos-49ers is the 3rd-most expensive NFL game of the season to date behind only Packers-Bears in Week 4 ($420 average ticket price) and the Packers-Seahawks league opener ($389) back on September 4. It likely won’t be the priciest Broncos game of the year, however, as their trip to New England November 2 is currently drawing an average price of $446 per ticket on the secondary market.

The Broncos have played four home playoff games since the 2011 season, and this 49ers game is more expensive than three of them. Only last season’s AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots was a hotter ticket at an average price of $531. While ticket prices usually fall for most NFL games in the week prior to kickoff, prices are actually higher now than they were in the preseason and September.

The cheapest time to have bought tickets for Broncos-49ers was the preseason, when seats resold for an average of $352. In September, the average rate was $394 per ticket, and in October, fans have paid an average of $428. The price of the cheapest available ticket was $183 when the NFL season kicked off September 4, but that rose steadily by nearly $100 to a peak of $279 this past Monday. As of Thursday morning, tickets started at $217 on the resale market.

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