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Peyton Manning and Most Games with Four or More Passing Touchdowns

Peyton Manning, Touchdown...Again

Peyton Manning, Touchdown…Again

Here’s a quarterback record that Peyton Manning broke some time ago (as opposed to his most recent record-breaking feat).

Manning has more games with four or more passing touchdowns than anyone else since the completed NFL-AFL merger in 1970 – 33 – and with a little room to play with, and some time yet to pad his stats.

Though the second best QB on this list is still active. Drew Brees has done it 25 times and it is possible Brees could take over one day. He’s about three years younger.

Then you have three of the usual suspects: Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Tom Brady.

But check this: Aaron Rodgers is next, ahead of his time, but on a different level. It goes from Brady with 20 to Rodgers with 13.

And check this: the top 20 QBs with the most “4-or-more” regular season games, below.

What about “five-or-more” or even “six or more” passing touchdown games? Check that, tomorrow.

QUARTERBACK GAMES WITH 4 OR MORE PASSING TDS FOR
1. Peyton Manning 33 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
2. Drew Brees 25 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints
3. Brett Favre 23 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings
4. Dan Marino 21 Miami Dolphins
5. Tom Brady 20 New England Patriots
6. Aaron Rodgers 13 Green Bay Packers
7. Dan Fouts 12 San Diego Chargers
8. Drew Bledsoe 11 New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills
8. Donovan McNabb 11 Philadelphia Eagles
10. John Elway 10 Denver Broncos
10. Jim Kelly 10 Buffalo Bills
10. Eli Manning 10 New York Giants
13. Tommy Kramer 9 Minnesota Vikings
13. Warren Moon 9 Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks
13. Steve Young 9 San Francisco 49ers
16. Jeff Garcia 8 San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns
16. Dave Krieg 8 Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals
16. Joe Montana 8 San Francisco 49ers
16. Tony Romo 8 Dallas Cowboys
16. Brian Sipe 8 Cleveland Browns
16. Kurt Warner 8 St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals
16. Danny White 8 Dallas Cowboys

Thanks to the best football reference site on the Web. It’s pro-football-reference.com, where I punched in this query, and where you can see every quarterback who’s ever had even one 4-or-more passing TD game. OK one more time – Check it out!

Photo: AP via abc13.com

MLB World Series: Teams that Have Come Back From Down 2-0

The 1996 New York Yankees Were The Last Team To Come Back From 2-0 To Win The World Series

The 1996 New York Yankees Were The Last Team To Come Back From 2-0 To Win The World Series

Out of 109 completed World Series, about half – 53 – started out with one team going up two games to none over the other.

Of those, only 11 times has the team down 2-0 come back to win the championship. And of those, four – that is only four times (!) – has the team with home field advantage come back to win it all.

Let’s check the percentages on all this. Down 2-0? Then, actually not too bad considering the circumstances – you’ve got a 21 percent chance of winning the World Series.

However, if you lose those first two games at home, things dwindle to a 5.7 percent chance (three of 53). I’m not including 1921, because back then teams alternated playing at home with the home field advantage team getting Game 7.

The upshot is, if the Kansas City Royals (who gained home field advantage thanks to the American League winning the All-Star Game) lose again tonight, things won’t be looking good at all for a title. Then again, they didn’t look good in 1985, either. The Royals happened to be one of those home teams.

SEASON WINNER LOSER SERIES
1. 1921 New York Giants* New York Yankees 5-3
2. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 4-3
3. 1956 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3
4. 1958 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves 4-3
5. 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 4-3
6. 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles 4-3
7. 1978 New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
8. 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees 4-2
9. 1985 Kansas City Royals* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
10. 1986 New York Mets* Boston Red Sox 4-3
11. 1996 New York Yankees* Atlanta Braves 4-2

* home field advantage

Photo: Susan Walsh, AP via nytimes.com

Biggest Blowouts in World Series History (Game)

Bill Dickey And Tony Lazzeri Had Home Runs In The 1936 Game 2 Blowout

Bill Dickey And Tony Lazzeri Had Home Runs In The 1936 Game 2 Blowout

It seems more often than not, World Series games (if not the Series themselves) are close.

Out of all those meetings (631 of them through 2013), only 17 (2.69 percent) were blowouts of 10 runs or more. In the last 30 years, we have seen only seven such games.

There hasn’t been a beating of this kind of magnitude in a good six seasons. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to hand one out, whupping the Colorado Rockies 13-1 to open the 2007 Fall Classic sweep.

The biggest blowout ever was a 14-run annihilation of the New York Giants by the eventual champion New York Yankees in 1936.

It’s doubtful we’ll see anything of this sort in 2014 with the pitching-focused talent of both the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

Check out what happened in 1960 – it has to be one of the greatest World Series of all time. The Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by 13 in Game 2, by 10 in Game 3 and by 12 in Game 6. But the Pirates won the Series in Game 7, thanks to Bill Mazeroski‘s walk-off home run.

SEASON WINNER LOSER GAME RUN DIFF.
1. 1936 New York Yankees 18 New York Giants 4 Game 2 14
2. 1960 New York Yankees 16 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Game 2 13
2. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 15 New York Yankees 2 Game 6 13
4. 1951 New York Yankees 13 New York Giants 1 Game 5 12
4. 1960 New York Yankees 12 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Game 6 12
4. 1968 Detroit Tigers 13 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Game 6 12
4. 1982 St. Louis Cardinals 13 Milwaukee Brewers 1 Game 6 12
4. 2002 San Francisco Giants 16 Anaheim Angels 4 Game 5 12
4. 2007 Boston Red Sox 13 Colorado Rockies 1 Game 1 12
10. 1911 Philadelphia Athletics 13 New York Giants 2 Game 6 11
10. 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 11 Detroit Tigers 0 Game 7 11
10. 1959 Chicago White Sox 11 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 1 11
10. 1985 Kansas City Royals 11 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 11
10. 1996 Atlanta Braves 12 New York Yankees 1 Game 1 11
15. 1960 New York Yankees 10 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Game 3 10
15. 1978 New York Yankees 12 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Game 5 10
15. 1982 Milwaukee Brewers 10 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 1 10

Photo: lonecadaver.com

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