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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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Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Quarterbacks with the Most Consecutive Games with a Passing Touchdown

Drew Brees: 54 Straight Games With A Passing Touchdown

Drew Brees: 54 Straight Games With A Passing Touchdown

You didn’t hear much about it, but Tom Brady was on the verge of tying or breaking Drew Brees‘ all-time record for consecutive games with a passing touchdown just a few weeks ago.

Brady had thrown for a touchdown 52 games in a row, when he and the New England Patriots ran into the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5 of this season. The Bengals won 13-6, blanking Brady in the TD department.

Brady needed two more games to catch Brees, the leader at 54.

They are the only two QBs in NFL history to hit their TD targets over 50 games in a row. Only three have done it 40 games in a row (Johnny Unitas).

Below are the 20 longest passing-touchdown streaks ever. More proof that the NFL today is undoubtedly a quarterback league – 13 of the 20 have occurred since 1997. Also, 17 different franchises are represented. This is a stat that’s spread around.

Peyton Manning is about to pass Brett Favre for the third longest passing-TD streak – he’s just one behind. Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo also make the list with their active 25-game streaks.

Manning appears twice, but where’s Joe Montana, John Elway, Steve Young, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Bart Starr and more? A bunch of the greatest QBs of all time didn’t make the cut here.

Updated List: Through Week 14 of 2013.

  QUARTERBACK CONSECUTIVE GAMES FROM TO TEAM(S)
1. Drew Brees  54 Oct. 18, 2009 Nov. 25, 2012 New Orleans Saints
2. Tom Brady  52 Sep. 12, 2010 Sep. 29, 2013 New England Patriots
3. Johnny Unitas 47 Dec. 9, 1956 Dec. 4, 1960 Baltimore Colts
4. Brett Favre  36 Nov. 4, 2002 Nov. 29, 2004 Green Bay Packers
4. Peyton Manning 36 Nov 21, 2010 present Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
6. Dan Marino  30 Nov. 10, 1985 Nov. 22, 1987 Miami Dolphins
7. Dave Krieg  28 Dec. 11, 1983 Nov. 10, 1985 Seattle Seahawks
8. Peyton Manning  27 Sep. 27, 1998 Dec. 19, 1999 Indianapolis Colts
8. Chris Chandler  27 Sep. 14, 1997 Sep. 12, 1999 Atlanta Falcons
10. Ben Roethlisberger  26 Sep. 9, 2012 present Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Tony Romo  26 Oct. 1, 2012 present Dallas Cowboys
11. Daryle Lamonica  25 Dec. 8, 1968 Nov. 15, 1970 Oakland Raiders
13. Daunte Culpepper  24 Sep. 10, 2000 Nov. 19, 2001 Minnesota Vikings
13. Frank Ryan  24 Dec. 5, 1965 Nov. 5, 1967 Cleveland Browns
15. Philip Rivers  23 Oct. 4, 2009 Nov. 22, 2010 San Diego Chargers
15. Steve McNair  23 Oct. 14, 2001 Nov. 17, 2002 Tennessee Titans
15. Brian Griese  23 Sep. 10, 2001 Oct. 27, 2002 Denver Broncos
15. Kurt Warner  23 Sep. 12, 1999 Oct. 22, 2000 St. Louis Rams
15. Sonny Jurgensen  23 Nov. 27, 1966 Oct. 28, 1968 Washington Redskins
15. Cecil Isbell 23 Nov. 24, 1940 Dec. 6, 1942 Green Bay Packers

* Statistics compiled only  for NFL teams (no AFL) during the regular season. Thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com and their play index‘s new feature, the “player streak finder.” I ran this query, where you can see every single passing TD streak of 13 games or more (1960-2013).

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NFL: Active Passing, Rushing and Receiving Touchdown Leaders (Career)

Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Tony Gonzalez Are the Active Career Touchdown Leaders

Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson and Tony Gonzalez Are the Active Career Touchdown Leaders

Just a follow up on the all-time passing, rushing and receiving touchdown leaders…

Here are the best – the top 10 – of the actives in each category through Week 8, so you can see how your QB, RB or WR/TE sizes up careerwise amongst the others.

PASSING        
  QUARTERBACK TD AGE FIRST SEASON CURRENT TEAM
1. Peyton Manning 465 36 1998 Denver Broncos
2. Tom Brady 343 35 2000 New England Patriots
2. Drew Brees 343 33 2001 New Orleans Saints
4. Eli Manning 221 31 2004 New York Giants
5. Philip Rivers 204 31 2004 San Diego Chargers
6. Matt Hasselbeck 201 37 1999 Indianapolis Colts
7. Ben Roethlisberger 199 30 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Carson Palmer 199 33 2004 Arizona Cardinals
9. Tony Romo 195 32 2004 Dallas Cowboys
10. Aaron Rodgers 186 29 2005 Green Bay Packers
           
RUSHING        
  RUNNING BACK TD AGE FIRST SEASON CURRENT TEAM
1. Adrian Peterson 82 27 2007 Minnesota Vikings
2. Maurice Jones-Drew 65 27 2006 Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Willis McGahee 64 31 2004 Cleveland Browns
4. Brandon Jacobs 59 30 2005 New York Giants
5. Frank Gore 58 29 2005 San Francisco 49ers
6. Steven Jackson 56 29 2004 Atlanta Falcons
7. Marshawn Lynch 52 26 2007 Seattle Seahawks
8. Arian Foster 45 26 2009 Houston Texans
9. Chris Johnson 44 27 2008 Tennessee Titans
10. DeAngelo Williams 44 29 2006 Carolina Panthers
           
RECEIVING        
  WIDE RECEIVER / TIGHT END TD AGE FIRST SEASON CURRENT TEAM
1. Tony Gonzalez 106 36 1997 Atlanta Falcons
2. Antonio Gates 85 32 2003 San Diego Chargers
3. Larry Fitzgerald 82 29 2004 Arizona Cardinals
4. Reggie Wayne 80 34 2001 Indianapolis Colts
5. Steve Smith 66 33 2001 Carolina Panthers
6. Santana Moss 65 33 2001 Washington Redskins
7. Plaxico Burress 64 35 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Calvin Johnson 61 27 2007 Detroit Lions
9. Anquan Boldin 60 32 2003 San Francisco 49ers
10. Marques Colston 59 29 2006 New Orleans Saints

Photo: Getty Images via businessinsider.com / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports via fantasysmacktalk.com / Getty Images via metro.us

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