first_img Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison are poised to make history, and the San Francisco 49ers know there’s not much they can do to protect one of their franchise’s most hallowed records in their own stadium. The 49ers are just hoping Dwight Freeney doesn’t set some sort of sacks record of his own while chasing Alex Smith, San Francisco’s own star quarterback of the future. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With one touchdown pass against the Niners’ patchwork secondary today, Manning and Harrison will become the most prolific passing combination in NFL history. Their 85th touchdown hookup last week tied the league record set by San Francisco’s Steve Young and Jerry Rice from 1987-99. Manning and Harrison already hold the records for most completions (726) and yards (9,677) by a tandem, but the scoring mark is the most prized. Young and Rice led the 49ers to dozens of victories and a Super Bowl title from their home at wind-swept Candlestick Park. “I have an appreciation for what Young and Rice did as a tandem,’ Manning said. “They threw a lot of touchdowns, but those touchdowns were helping the team win football games. That’s what Marvin and I are about. He and I have definitely done some things together, but it’s all come along with helping our team win games.’ In fact, the Colts’ first trip to the Bay Area since Manning’s rookie season seems to be the NFL’s biggest mismatch of the week. Indianapolis (4-0) has looked unbeatable this season, while San Francisco (1-3) has lost three consecutive and fallen into turmoil under rookie coach Mike Nolan, who benched veteran Tim Rattay and promoted Smith on Tuesday, just in time to face one of the NFL’s top defenses. Manning made all the appropriate comments of concern and interest leading up to the game, but the Colts have much bigger games coming up in the next few weeks and months. This contest might only be memorable for a bit of history. “I think it would be fitting,’ Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said. “If they don’t break it at home, that would be the place to break it. With so many milestones that were set there by the 49ers, it would be a fitting, ironic touch for them to do it there.’ Manning and Harrison have clicked since their first season together in 1998, when Manning started the first of 116 consecutive games. When he lines up today, Manning will break a tie with Ron Jaworski for the second-longest starting streak by a QB in NFL history. And he couldn’t have reached these superlatives without Harrison, whose cool consistency has been built through thousands of practices and constant communication. “Everything is not always 100 percent smooth,’ Manning said. “I guess the best thing about Marvin and I is that it’s nobody else’s business. We’ve had disagreements, but we’ve aired them out. We do it in the huddle amongst ourselves. We don’t call a press conference and tell the rest of the world about it. I think that’s the way you’re supposed to do things like that.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO last_img read more