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Running Backs with the Most Rushing Touchdowns in a Game

Old-Time Great And Hall Of Famer, Ernie Nevers

Old-Time Great And Hall Of Famer, Ernie Nevers

Put the NFL (and fantasy football) on notice? In just his fourth pro game ever, New England Patriots‘ running back Jonas Gray ran for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns today against the Indianapolis Colts.

More than 50 RBs in the history of the game have rushed for four TDs in a single game, now including Gray.

Only seven have done better, and that’s including one player from the very first NFL season (1922) in a contest involving two teams that no longer exist, another from 1929 on the “Chicago” Cardinals and one AFL player.

Clearly, punching it in the end zone on foot more than four times in a game is just not something you see that often. We’ve been a bit lucky, though, as it’s also happened three times in the past two decades.

At the top of today’s list is the only running back to run it in a ridiculous six times. It’s Ernie Nevers on that Chicago team not named the Bears.

Everyone else here is at five, including The Man, Jim Brown.

  RUNNING BACK TDS IN GAME FOR AGAINST DATE
1. Ernie Nevers 6 Chicago Cardinals Chicago Bears Nov. 28, 1929
2. Jimmy Conzelman 5 Rock Island Independents Evansville Crimson Giants Oct. 15, 1922
2. Jim Brown 5 Cleveland Browns Baltimore Colts Nov. 1, 1959
2. Cookie Gilchrist* 5 Buffalo Bills New York Jets Dec. 8, 1963
2. Ricky Watters 5 San Francisco 49ers New York Giants Jan. 15, 1994
2. James Stewart 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 12, 1997
2. Clinton Portis 5 Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Dec. 7, 2003

* AFL

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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: Top 20 Players with the Most Receiving Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

Jerry Rice Even Had A Monday Night Football Touchdown With The Seattle Seahawks

Jerry Rice Even Had A Monday Night Football Touchdown With The Seattle Seahawks

Here’s another record for Jerry Rice, one that won’t have any viers for some time, if ever.

Rice has 34 receiving touchdowns on Monday Night Football, 13 more than Terrell Owens in second and 24 more than the first active player on the list, 34-year old Anquan Boldin.

There is one other active present, and he is on a Monday night tear (thanks in part to his consistently good team that gets scheduled for MNF and also his future Hall of Fame QB, Drew Brees). It’s tight end Jimmy Graham who already has eight MNF touchdowns through six games in just four-and-a-half seasons.

Not bad, but can he catch Rice? Nah.

Speaking of tight ends, the best TE scorer on Monday Night Football was Joe Montana‘s (and Steve Young‘s) Brent Jones. He’s tied with Boldin at 10.

Check out these related Monday Night Football touchdown posts:

Most Rushing Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

Most Passing Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

PLAYER POS. MNF RECEIVING TDS FOR MNF GAMES PLAYED CAREER SPAN
1. Jerry Rice WR 34 San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks 45 1985-2004
2. Terrell Owens WR 21 San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals 24 1996-2010
3. Randy Moss WR 18 Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers 19 1998-2010, 2012
4. Mark Clayton WR 15 Miami Dolphins 20 1983-1993
5. Andre Reed WR 13 Buffalo Bills 24 1985-2000
6. Tony Hill WR 12 Dallas Cowboys 20 1977-1986
7. Anquan Boldin WR 10 Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers 11 2003-Present
7. Cris Carter WR 10 Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings 22 1987-2002
7. Marvin Harrison WR 10 Indianapolis Colts 14 1996-2008
7. Brent Jones TE 10 San Francisco 49ers 24 1987-1997
7. Rod Smith WR 10 Denver Broncos 20 1995-2006
12. Cliff Branch WR 9 Okland Raiders 20 1972-1985
12. Nat Moore WR 9 Miami Dolphins 24 1974-1986
12. John Taylor WR 9 San Francisco 49ers 19 1987-1995
15. Tim Brown WR 8 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 26 1988-2004
15. Donald Driver WR 8 Green Bay Packers 25 1999-2012
15. Mark Duper WR 8 Miami Dolphins 19 1982-1992
15. Russ Francis TE 8 New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers 17 1975-1988
15. Jimmy Graham TE 8 New Orleans Saints 6 2010-Present
15. Rodney Holman TE 8 Cincinnati Bengals 11 1982-1995
15. Torry Holt WR 8 St. Louis Rams 16 1999-2009
15. Keyshawn Johnson WR 8 New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers 18 1996-2006
15. Steve Largent WR 8 Seattle Seahawks 15 1976-1989
15. Derrick Mason WR 8 Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens 20 1997-2011
15. Art Monk WR 8 Washington Redskins 25 1980-1995
15. John Stallworth WR 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 1974-1987
15. Hines Ward WR 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 19 1998-2011

Photo: realclearsports.com

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