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