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Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and the Most Go-Ahead Touchdowns Thrown, Ever

Peyton Manning Takes The Lead (Again)

Peyton Manning Takes The Lead (Again)

Here’s a record on the verge of being broken, courtesy Peyton Manning (again). And the victim? Brett Favre (again).

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.

Drew Brees and Tom Brady, both a few years younger, might catch up to Favre, but by that time, Manning, assuming he keeps going after this season, might be too far away to reach.

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

Check out my source, where, amazingly, you can see every single quarterback who ever threw even one go-ahead touchdown.

Photo: usatoday.com

NFL Teams with the Longest Consecutive Playoff Appearance Streaks, All-Time

The Dallas Cowboys Went To The Playoffs 17 Of 18 Seasons

The Dallas Cowboys Went To The Playoffs 17 Of 18 Seasons

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.

The 2014 Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots could be next on the list. They’re sitting on a streak of five right now.

  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)
7. Houston Oilers 7 1987-1993 None
9. Buffalo Bills 6 1988-1993 None
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. Minnesota Vikings 6 1973-1978 None
9. Oakland Raiders 6 1972-1977 1976 (XI)
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 6 1992-1997 None

Photo: ifitshipitshere.com

Oakland Raiders and the 20 Longest Losing Streaks in NFL History

It's A Black Hole All Right, For The 2014 Oakland Raiders

It’s A Black Hole All Right, For The 2014 Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are currently sitting on a 14-game losing streak, the 13th longest of all time and 10th longest since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

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.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their ugly uniforms had an equally ugly run – together they lost 26 consecutive in the mid-1970′s.

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.

ALL-TIME POST-MERGER TEAM LOSING STREAK SEASON(S)
1.   Chicago Cardinals, Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers 29 1942-1945
2. 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 1976-1977
3. 2. Detroit Lions 19 2007-2009
3.   Oakland Raiders 19 1961-1962
5. 3. Houston Oilers 18 1972-1973
6. 4. Houston Oilers 17 1982-1983
6. 4. St. Louis Rams 17 2008-2009
6.   Washington Redskins 17 1960-1961
9. 6. Miami Dolphins 16 2006-2007
9. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers 16 1969-1970
9. 6. Oakland Raiders 16 2013-2014
12. 9. Buffalo Bills 15 1970-1971
12. 9. Carolina Panthers 15 2001-2002
14. 11. Buffalo Bills 14 1976-1977
14. 11. Baltimore Colts 14 1981
14. 11. Houston Texans 14 2013
14. 11. New Orleans Saints 14 1980
14. 11. New England Patriots 14 1990
19. 16. Buffalo Bills 13 1983-1984
19. 16. Indianapolis Colts 13 2011
19. 16. Indianapolis Colts 13 1986
19. 16. Detroit Lions 13 2000-2001
19. 16. Jacksonville Jaguars 13 2012-2013

Note: These are regular season streaks. Playoff games (if any for these stinkers) are not included.

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP via bleacherreport.com

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