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Drew Brees Authors Most Prolific Passing Game in NFL History

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Nov 02, 2015



The New Orleans Saints outlasted the New York Giants, 52-49, in the greatest QB shootout in the history of football.

Saints QB Drew Brees and Giants QB Eli Manning combined for an incredible 15 passing TDs (the most in one game in NFL history), 91 attempts, 70 completions and 861 passing yards.

The 101 combined points as the third most in an NFL game.

Here's a bit of irony: Manning turned out the greatest performance of his prolific career, yet still lost. He passed for 350 yards and 6 TDs with a 138.2 passer rating.
It wasn't enough on a day when Brees offered what you might argue was the most prolific passing performance in the history of the NFL.

Brees became just the sixth QB in modern NFL history (since 1960) to pass for 7 TDs in one game. But among those, his 511 yards tops the list. The 52 points scored ties the record among those 7 TD games.

So, given all that – touchdowns, yards and points – its fair to say that Brees' effort was the most prolific passing game in football history.

The 511 yards marks a personal record, surpassing Brees' 510-yard performance in a 31-16 loss to the Bengals back in 2006.

The single-game record of 554 passing yards was set by Norm Van Brocklin back in 1951, in a 54-14 win over the expansion, uncompetitive and short-lived New York Yanks. Van Brocklin connected for 5 TD passes that day, while leading a 735-yard effort. But he also tossed 2 INTs.

Breees also improved to 4-12 when passing the ball 50+ times in a game. As we've noted many times, it's difficult to win in the NFL when passing the ball so often because, among other reasons, it's usually a sign of desperation.

That record makes him one of just six QBs in NFL history with 4 or more 50-plus-attempt wins. Here's the list:

  • Tom Brady – 16-7
  • Warren Moon – 5-5
  • Dan Marino – 5-11
  • Donovan McNabb – 4-2-1
  • Drew Bledsoe – 4-9
  • Drew Brees – 4-12
  • Peyton Manning – 4-13

THE NFL's 6+ TD PASS PERFORMANCES (RANKED BY TDs & PASSING YARDS) 

 

  Player Year Result Comp Att Yards TD INT Rating
1 Drew Brees 2015 W 52-49 40 50 511 7 1 140.5
2 Y.A. Tittle 1961 W 49-34 27 39 505 7 0 151.4
3 Peyton Manning 2013 W 49-27 27 42 462 7 0 141.1
4 Joe Kapp 1969 W 52-14 28 43 449 7 1 129.7
5 George Blanda 1961 W 49-13 20 32 418 7 1 132.8
6 Nick Foles 2013 W 49-20 22 28 406 7 0 158.3
7 Ben Roethlisberger 2014 W 51-34 40 49 522 6 0 150.6
8 Joe Namath 1972 W 44-34 15 28 496 6 1 123.5
9 Matt Flynn 2012 W 45-41 31 44 480 6 1 136.4
10 Joe Montana 1990 W 45-35 32 49 476 6 2 119.6
11 Dan Marino 1986 L 45-51 30 50 448 6 2 112.3
12 Mark Rypien 1991 W 56-17 16 31 442 6 0 136.8
13 Len Dawson 1964 W 49-39 23 38 435 6 3 106.9
14 Tom Flores 1963 W 52-49 17 29 407 6 2 113.9
15 Carson Palmer 2007 L 45-51 33 50 401 6 2 113.4
16 Tom Brady 2009 W 59-0 29 34 380 6 0 152.8
17 Charley Johnson 1969 L 42-51 20 37 374 6 2 106.3
18 Jim Kelley 1991 W 52-34 31 43 363 6 2 117.5
19 Drew Brees 2009 W 45-27 26 34 358 6 1 137
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick 2014 W 45-21 24 33 358 6 0 147.5
21 Tom Brady 2007 W 49-28 21 25 354 6 0 158.3
22 Eli Manning 2015 L 49-52 30 41 350 6 0 138.2
23 Billy Kilmer 1969 W 51-42 22 32 345 6 1 130.9
24 Y.A. Tittle 1962 W 41-31 21 42 341 6 2 97.3
25 Ben Roethlisberger 2014 W 43-23 25 37 340 6 0 136.3
26 Aaron Rodgers 2012 W 42-24 24 37 338 6 0 133.8
27 Aaron Rodgers 2014 W 55-14 18 27 315 6 0 145.8
28 Peyton Manning 2003 W 55-21 20 25 314 6 0 158.3
29 Daryle Lamonica 1969 W 50-21 21 36 313 6 1 114.9
30 Charley Johnson 1965 W 49-13 11 19 310 6 1 120.1
31 Dan Fouts 1981 W 55-21 28 44 296 6 1 113.3
32 Brett Favre 2008 W 56-35 24 34 289 6 1 123.7
33 Tommy Kramer 1986 W 42-7 16 25 341 6 0 135.2
34 Peyton Manning 2004 W 41-9 23 28 236 6 0 141.4
35 Bob Griese 1977 W 55-14 15 23 207 6 1 115.4
36 George Blanda 1962 W 56-17 13 24 190 6 1 102.4

 

 

 


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