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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

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

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

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