According my source, pro-football-reference.com‘s play index, these 20 quarterbacks have thrown the most go-ahead touchdowns – either to take the initial lead in a game or take the lead away during a game (regardless of the game’s final outcome) – in NFL history.
Favre and Manning are the only two QBs to grab the lead over 150 times, and right now, Manning needs to do it just two more times to take the historical lead. Doubtless, this record will be padded.Follow @VinGetz
|QUARTERBACK||GO-AHEAD TDS||FOR||CAREER SPAN|
|1.||Brett Favre||167||Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings||1991-2010|
|2.||Peyton Manning||166||Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos||1998-Present|
|3.||Dan Marino||134||Miami Dolphins||1983-1999|
|4.||Drew Brees||127||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints||2001-Present|
|4.||Fran Tarkenton||127||Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants||1961-1978|
|6.||Tom Brady||120||New England Patriots||2000-Present|
|7.||Johnny Unitas||111||Baltimore Colts||1956-1973|
|8.||Joe Montana||103||San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs||1979-1994|
|9.||John Elway||103||Denver Broncos||1983-1998|
|10.||Vinny Testaverde||97||Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers||1987-2007|
|11.||Drew Bledsoe||94||New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys||1993-2006|
|12.||Sonny Jurgensen||93||Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins||1957-1974|
|13.||Warren Moon||90||Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks||1984-2000|
|14.||Ben Roethlisberger||87||Pittsburgh Steelers||2004-Present|
|14.||Eli Manning||87||New York Giants||2004-Present|
|16.||Philip Rivers||86||San Diego Chargers||2004-Present|
|16.||Dave Krieg||86||Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears||1980-1998|
|16.||Tony Romo||86||Dallas Cowboys||2004-Present|
|16.||Dan Fouts||86||San Diego Chargers||1973-1987|
|20.||Carson Palmer||82||Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals||2004-Present|
No NFL team – going back to 1920 – has made the postseason 10 times in a row. The Dallas Cowboys of the late 1970′s and Peyton Manning‘s Indianapolis Colts of the 2000′s went to the playoffs nine consecutive times. That’s the most.
The record could have been more, a lot more. The Cowboys made the postseason in the years 1966-1973, missed 1974, then picked up again between 1975-1983. Had they made it in 1974, that would have been 18 years in a row.
The San Francisco 49ers pulled a similar feat, hitting the playoffs between 1983-1990 and again between 1992-1998. Had they gone in 1991, too, it would have been 16 straight seasons.
Now those are some postseason dynasties.
Below find every team with at least six consecutive postseason appearances. It’s happened 16 times, but by only 12 teams. The Cowboys are on there three times.Follow @VinGetz
|TEAM||CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON APPEARANCES||SEASONS||SUPER BOWL/NFL CHAMPIONSHIP WINS DURING STREAK|
|1.||Dallas Cowboys||9||1975-1983||1977 (XII)|
|1.||Indianapolis Colts||9||2002-2010||2006 (XLI)|
|3.||Dallas Cowboys||8||1966-1973||1971 (VI)|
|3.||Pittsburgh Steelers||8||1972-1979||1974 (IX), 1975 (X), 1978 (XIII), 1979 (XIV)|
|3.||San Francisco 49ers||8||1983-1990||1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII), 1989 (XXIV)|
|3.||Los Angeles Rams||8||1973-1980||None|
|7.||San Francisco 49ers||7||1992-1998||1994 (XXIX)|
|9.||Cleveland Browns||6||1950-1955||1950, 1954, 1955|
|9.||Dallas Cowboys||6||1991-1996||1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), 1995 (XXX)|
|9.||Green Bay Packers||6||1993-1998||1996 (XXXI)|
|9.||Kansas City Chiefs||6||1990-1995||None|
|9.||Oakland Raiders||6||1972-1977||1976 (XI)|
Whew. After three playoff appearances in 20 years and 11 losing seasons (10 of which with five wins or fewer) and five 8-8 seasons during that time, the Raiders have started this season 0-8. Add those six finishers from last season and voila, Oakland is climbing the ignominious ranking below.
They might even catch…themselves. Back in 1961 and 1962, the Raiders lost 19 in a row, tied for third all time with the more recent Detroit Lions.
But let’s go to the stratosphere of losing streaks – those of 20 or more. There are two, one modern and one – the longest – old time.
And it took two teams to forge perhaps one of the worst records to own in football, a team sport all about winning one on any given Sunday. The Chicago Cardinals, first alone, then, due to financial pressures in the early NFL, as merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers, managed to lose 29 in row.
I can’t believe such huge losing streaks can happen again in today’s game. Let’s see how far the Raiders take this one.
UPDATED LIST: The Oakland Raiders finally win in Week 12 of 2014, ending their losing streak at 16.
|1.||Chicago Cardinals, Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers||29||1942-1945|
|2.||1.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||26||1976-1977|
|6.||4.||St. Louis Rams||17||2008-2009|
|14.||11.||New Orleans Saints||14||1980|
|14.||11.||New England Patriots||14||1990|
Note: These are regular season streaks. Playoff games (if any for these stinkers) are not included.