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Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Drew Brees and Quarterbacks with the Most Long Passing Touchdowns: 50 Yards or More, Regular Season

Johnny Unitas Threw The Most TD Bombs Of All Time

Johnny Unitas Threw The Most TD Bombs Of All Time

Three-time champion (two NFL and one Super Bowl) quarterback Johnny Unitas threw for more long touchdowns than anyone in NFL history, but Peyton Manning is closing in.

Unitas went deep for the score (50 yards or more) 51 times, the only QB to do it over 50 times in a career.

Manning sits at 42, one behind Brett Favre.

Two other actives make today’s list: Tony Romo, who surprisingly has more TD bombs in the books than the more experienced Drew Brees.

Below find the long arms of the NFL: top 20 QBs with the most 50-yard or more passing touchdowns.

Thanks to pro-football-reference.com‘s play index, where I punched in this query, and where you can see every quarterback who threw for at least one touchdown that spanned half the grid or more.

QUARTERBACK PASSING TOUCHDOWNS, 50 YARDS OR MORE WITH CAREER SPAN
1. Johnny Unitas 51 Baltimore Colts 1956-1973
2. John Hadl 46 San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, Houston Oilers 1962-1977
3. Fran Tarkenton 44 Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants 1961-1978
4. Brett Favre 43 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings 1991-2010
5. Peyton Manning 42 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos 1998-Present
6. Jim Hart 39 St. Louis Cardinals 1966-1984
7. Len Dawson 38 Kansas City Chiefs 1957-1975
7. Sonny Jurgensen 38 Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins 1957-1974
9. Dan Marino 37 Miami Dolphins 1983-1999
10. Y.A. Tittle 36 San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants 1948-1964
11. Joe Montana 35 San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs 1979-1994
12. Norm Van Brocklin 34 Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles 1949-1960
12. George Blanda 34 Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders 1949-1975
14. Tony Romo 33 Dallas Cowboys 2004-Present
15. John Brodie 32 San Francisco 49ers 1957-1973
16. Charley Johnson 30 St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos 1961-1975
16. Jim Kelly 30 Buffalo Bills 1986-1996
18. Drew Brees 29 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints 2001-Present
18. Roman Gabriel 29 Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles 1962-1977
18. Warren Moon 29 Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks 1984-2000
18. Otto Graham 29 Cleveland Browns 1946-1955

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NFL: Top 20 Quarterbacks with the Most Passing Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

King Of Monday Night Quarterbacks, Dan Marino

King Of Monday Night Quarterbacks, Dan Marino

Here’s one quarterback record not held by Brett Favre (he’s in second).

Dan Marino has thrown the most touchdowns on Monday Night Football, a cool 74.

Nobody else is really even close to those two, including actives Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees – especially considering they each get just one, two, or at absolute most, three, Monday night games a season.

Brady’s over 30 TDs away from the top, Brees is 40 away and Manning is somewhere in between.

QUARTERBACK MNF PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 1ST MNF GAME LAST MNF GAME TEAM(S) MNF GAMES PLAYED
1. Dan Marino 74 1983 1999 Miami Dolphins 38
2. Brett Favre 69 1993 2010 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings 38
3. Tom Brady 42 2002 2013 New England Patriots 18
4. Steve Young 42 1987 1999 San Francisco 49ers 25
5. Peyton Manning 36 2000 2013 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos 17
6. Joe Montana 36 1983 1994 San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs 20
7. Drew Brees 34 2003 2013 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints 16
8. Jim Kelly 31 1988 1996 Buffalo Bills 20
9. Ken Stabler 27 1972 1983 Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints 16
10. Danny White 27 1976 1987 Dallas Cowboys 23
11. Terry Bradshaw 25 1970 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers 19
12. John Elway 25 1984 1998 Denver Broncos 23
13. Dave Krieg 25 1984 1996 Seattle Seahawks 16
14. Philip Rivers 25 2006 2014 San Diego Chargers 14
15. Troy Aikman 23 1991 1999 Dallas Cowboys 22
16. Eli Manning 22 2005 2014 New York Giants 13
17. Randall Cunningham 20 1988 2000 Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys 11
18. Jay Cutler 20 2007 2012 Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears 12
19. Donovan McNabb 20 2001 2010 Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins 17
20. Roger Staubach 20 1970 1979 Dallas Cowboys 14

Photo: Rhona Wise, Getty Images via latimes.com

The 20 Worst Passing Performances in Super Bowl History

Ben Roethlisberger Had The Worst Passing Game In Super Bowl History

Ben Roethlisberger Had The Worst Passing Game In Super Bowl History (Super Bowl XL)

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos sure laid a huge egg in Super Bowl XLVIII, blasted away by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8. That 35-point differential is tied for the third biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.

Manning looked bad from the first play, when the hike flew over his head and resulted in a safety.  He followed that up with two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and a fumble. Egad.

But this wasn’t the worst passing performance by a quarterback in Super Bowl history – not even close, in fact – if you use the passer rating statistic as a gauge. It’s not the most viable stat, and some debate its value (while others trump it), but it does attempt to quantify how a QB played overall. And according to passer rating, there’s been a whole lot worse than yesterday’s debacle under center.

Not only that, the Broncos team as a group looked awful – defense, special teams, offense (poor blocking, slippery hands). You can’t lay the egg of blame entirely at Manning’s feet for this one. And Denver sure did look like it gave up in the third quarter.

Meanwhile Manning had 34 completions – the most in a Super Bowl game ever. He threw for 280 yards, averaging 5.7 a pop, and had one passing TD. Many a quarterback had 0 touchdowns in the big game, and another handful had more than two interceptions. How about Rich Gannon with five at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense?

On top though, or bottom, depending on how you look at it, is another one of those statistical ironies sports fans love – the worst QB performance in a Super Bowl, Ben Roethlisberger‘s 22.6 passer rating in Super Bowl XL, was a win. Only three of the bottom 20 below were (noted with asterisks).

QUARTERBACK
PASSER RATING
COMP / ATT
YDS / TD / INT
SB
TEAM
SCORE
OPPONENT
1.
Ben Roethlisberger
22.6
9/21
123/0/2
XL (40)
Pittsburgh Steelers*
W 21-10
Seattle Seahawks
2.
Craig Morton
34.1
12/26
127/1/3
V (5)
Dallas Cowboys
L 13-16
Baltimore Colts
3.
John Elway
36.8
14/38
257/1/3
XXII (22)
Denver Broncos
L 10-42
Washington Redskins
4.
Johnny Unitas
42.0
11/24
110/0/1
III (3)
Baltimore Colts
L 7-16
New York Jets
5.
Jim Kelly
44.8
28/58
275/2/4
XXVI (26)
Buffalo Bills
L 24-37
Washington Redskins
6.
Joe Theismann
45.3
16/35
243/0/2
XVIII (18)
Washington Redskins
L 9-38
Los Angeles Raiders
7.
Boomer Esiason
46.1
11/25
144/0/1
XXIII (23)
Cincinnati Bengals
L 16-20
San Francisco 49ers
8.
Drew Bledsoe
46.6
25/48
253/2/4
XXXI (31)
New England Patriots
L 21-35
Green Bay Packers
9.
Chris Chandler
47.2
19/35
219/1/3
XXXIII (33)
Atlanta Falcons
L 19-34
Denver Broncos
10.
Norris Weese
47.9
4/10
22/0/0
XII (12)
Denver Broncos
L 10-27
Dallas Cowboys
11.
Rich Gannon
48.9
24/44
272/2/5
XXXVII (37)
Oakland Raiders
L 21-48
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12.
Ron Jaworski
49.3
18/38
291/1/3
XV (15)
Philadelphia Eagles
L 10-27
Oakland Raiders
13.
David Woodley
50.0
4/14
97/1/1
XVII (17)
Miami Dolphins
L 17-27
Washington Redskins
14.
Neil O’Donnell
51.3
28/49
239/1/3
XXX (30)
Pittsburgh Steelers
L 17-27
Dallas Cowboys
15.
Bob Griese
51.7
12/23
134/0/1
VI (6)
Miami Dolphins
L 3-24
Dallas Cowboys
16.
John Elway
51.9
12/22
123/0/1
XXXII (32)
Denver Broncos*
W 31-24
Green Bay Packers
17.
Joe Kapp
52.6
16/25
183/0/2
IV (4)
Minnesota Vikings
L 7-23
Kansas City Chiefs
18.
Fran Tarkenton
52.7
17/35
205/1/2
XI (11)
Minnesota Vikings
L 14-32
Oakland Raiders
19.
Earl Morrall
54.0
7/15
147/0/1
V (5)
Baltimore Colts*
W 16-13
Dallas Cowboys
20.
Stan Humphries
56.1
24/49
275/1/2
XXIX (29)
San Diego Chargers
L 26-49
San Francisco 49ers

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