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.
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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!
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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
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.
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|