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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: Quarterbacks with Six or Seven Touchdowns in a Single Game (Since the Merger)

Peyton Manning And Nick Foles Just Became The First (And Only) Quarterbacks To Throw Seven Touchdowns In A Game In The Modern Era

Peyton Manning And Nick Foles Just Became The First (And Only) Quarterbacks To Throw Seven Touchdowns In A Game In The Modern Era

You can check out the comprehensive list of quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns in a game, ever, here. But what about just looking since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, as we finish up our three-part series of the most (by air) point-productive games for QBs (see the other two links below)?

Seven passing touchdowns in one game is the all-time record, pre- and post-merger. Since the beginning, seven quarterbacks have done it. Since the Merger? Two – and both did it last season (2013). It’s Peyton Manning (again) and, of all people, the surprising Nick Foles.

Another 21 have thrown six touchdowns in a game, but there are repeaters: Manning twice and Tom Brady thrice.

Below find all occurrences with links to the box scores.

And the other two parts to this series? Here they are:

NFL Quarterbacks: Most Games with Five or More Passing TDs Since the Merger

Peyton Manning and Most Games with Four or More Passing TDs Since the Merger

QUARTERBACK FOR AGAINST TDS DATE / BOX SCORE
1. Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Baltimore Ravens 7 Sep. 5, 2013 
1. Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles Oakland Raiders 7 Nov. 3, 2013 
3. Tommy Kramer Minnesota Vikings Green Bay Packers 6 Sep. 28, 1986 
3. Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns 6 Sep.16, 2007 
3. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Houston Texans 6 Oct. 14, 2012 
3. Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints 6 Sep. 28, 2003 
3. Joe Namath New York Jets Baltimore Colts 6 Sep. 24, 1972 
3. Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Pittsburgh Steelers 6  Sep. 8, 1991 
3. Dan Marino Miami Dolphins New York Jets 6 Sep. 21, 1986 
3. Mark Rypien Washington Redskins Atlanta Falcons 6 Nov. 10, 1991 
3. Tom Brady New England Patriots Tennessee Titans 6 Oct. 18, 2009 
3. Bob Griese Miami Dolphins St. Louis Cardinals 6 Nov. 24, 1977 
3. Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons 6 Oct. 14, 1990 
3. Steve Young San Francisco 49ers San Diego Chargers 6 Jan. 29, 1995 
3. Matt Flynn Green Bay Packers Detroit Lions 6 Jan. 1, 2012 
3. Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Detroit Lions 6 Sep. 13, 2009 
3. Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers Oakland Raiders 6 Nov. 22, 1981 
3. Tom Brady New England Patriots Miami Dolphins 6 Oct. 21, 2007 
3. Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts Detroit Lions 6 Nov. 25, 2004 
3. Tom Brady New England Patriots Denver Broncos 6 Jan. 14, 2012 
3. Brett Favre New York Jets Arizona Cardinals 6 Sep. 28, 2008 

Photos: LA Times via sports-kings.com / USATSI via cbssports.com

NFL Quarterbacks: Most Games with Five or More Passing Touchdowns Since the Merger

Drew Brees, Along With Peyton Manning, Has The Most Five-Or-More Passing Touchdown Games In The Modern Era

Drew Brees, Along With Peyton Manning, Has The Most Five-Or-More Passing Touchdown Games In The Modern Era

We’re going up the ladder.  Yesterday, it was quarterbacks with the most 4-or-more passing touchdown games since the merger in 1970. Peyton Manning holds that record by eight over Drew Brees.

Today, it’s quarterbacks with the most 5-or-more passing touchdown games since the first modern football season when the AFL and NFL united into the NFL (becoming the AFC and NFC Conferences). And it’s Manning again – this time tied with Brees at the top. They have eight apiece.

What about six touchdowns? How about seven touchdowns? One more post in this series, tomorrow.

UPDATED LIST: Through Week 8 of 2014. Tom Brady threw for five TDs today, breaking his tie for fourth below with Brett Favre and Warren Moon.

QUARTERBACK GAMES WITH 5 OR MORE PASSING TDS FOR
1. Peyton Manning 8 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
1. Drew Brees 8 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints
3. Dan Marino 6 Miami Dolphins
4. Tom Brady 5 New England Patriots
5. Brett Favre 4 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets
5. Warren Moon 4 Houston Oilers, Seattle Seahawks
7. Daunte Culpepper 3 Minnesota Vikings
7. Dan Fouts 3 San Diego Chargers
7. Jim Kelly 3 Buffalo Bills
7. Dave Krieg 3 Seattle Seahawks
7. Joe Montana 3 San Francisco 49ers
7. Matthew Stafford 3 Detroit Lions
13. Lynn Dickey 2 Green Bay Packers
13. Boomer Esiason 2 Cincinnati Bengals
13. Joe Ferguson 2 Buffalo Bills
13. Vince Ferragamo 2 Los Angeles Rams
13. Matt Hasselbeck 2 Seattle Seahawks
13. Tommy Kramer 2 Minnesota Vikings
13. Donovan McNabb 2 Philadelphia Eagles
13. Carson Palmer 2 Cincinnati Bengals
13. Aaron Rodgers 2 Green Bay Packers
13. Ben Roethlisberger 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Tony Romo 2 Dallas Cowboys
13. Kurt Warner 2 St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals

Thanks again to pro-football-reference.com!

Photo: Wesley Hitt, Getty Images via kowb1290.com

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