Manning, Peyton Peyton Manning established the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season with the Denver Broncos in 2013, throwing for 5,477 yards. The previous record was 4,917 yards set by John Elway in 1995.
Elway also holds the record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass (16). Manning is close behind him with 15 such games. The longest current drought without a touchdown pass is 10 games by Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears.
A quarterback can score touchdowns through rushing or receiving, so we'll give them credit for having passed even though they didn't throw an actual ball. Elway and Manning are famous for their ability to move the ball downfield through the air, but both played some wide receiver too. We'll let them get all the credit for passing since that's what makes them great quarterbacks.
Here are the top five highest-scoring seasons by a quarterback:
Peyton Manning - 2013 NFL Season: 5,477 yards - 46 touchdowns
Tom Brady - 2007 NFL Season: 5,037 yards - 42 touchdowns
Drew Brees - 2009 NFL Season: 4,952 yards - 48 touchdowns
NFL rankings In the National Football League, passing for 5,000 yards in a single regular season is an uncommon feat (NFL). The accomplishment has been accomplished by seven different quarterbacks. Dan Marino was the first, setting an NFL record in 1984 with 5,084 yards passing. Marino's record stood for more than a decade after he retired in 1999.
This is a list of NFL quarterbacks ranked by total career passing yards. This list features the top 50 quarterbacks in terms of career passing yards during the regular season. Drew Brees holds the all-time throwing yardage record.
In 2018, Brees surpassed Brett Farve and Peyton Manning to possess the NFL's most coveted passing record—most career passing yards by a quarterback. Brees still owns that record, and he added to it in 2020, finishing with 80,358 career throwing yards. He also holds the records for most touchdown passes (476) and highest passer rating (117.4).
Brees entered the NFL in 1999 as a first-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers. He stayed with the team until 2004, when he was traded to the Saints for Antonio Gates. Under head coach Sean Payton, who had been Brees' teammate with the Chargers, New Orleans made sure to give their new star quarterback enough time to learn the league before they started pushing him into important games. In fact, Brees didn't play his first playoff game until 2013, when he led the Saints to an undefeated season and their first Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. Since then, he has gone on to win another title in 2019 with another perfect season under his belt.
During his 20-year career, Brees has won two NFL MVP awards, five First Team All-Pro selections, and has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also one of only three quarterbacks (Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers are the others) to score at least 100 points during a regular season game.
Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger are the most recent to have done so, both in 2018. NFL quarterbacks have thrown for 5,000 yards 11 times in a season. Only two of these quarterbacks, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Patrick Mahomes in 2018, threw for 50 touchdowns in the same season.
This is a list of National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks ranked by total career regular season passing touchdowns, including the 45 quarterbacks with at least 200 career touchdown passes. With 581 throwing touchdowns, Tom Brady holds the record.
Marino became the first quarterback in NFL history to record three straight seasons of 30 or more touchdown passes in 1986, when he passed for 4,476 yards and scored 44 touchdown touchdowns. In the middle of this season, he also threw his 100th career touchdown throw, leading the league in yards and touchdown passes.
The most recent 99-yard throwing touchdowns in NFL history were Eli Manning to Victor Cruz and Tom Brady to Wes Welker during the 2011 season. Those are the only ones that count for this statistic.
The Dallas Cowboys' Bob Breunig has the most 99-yard touchdown passes in NFL history with 10. That's not very many when you think about it: out of more than 1200 regular-season games over 16 seasons, there have been only 10 occasions when a quarterback has thrown two touchdown passes of at least 100 yards.
Breunig's teammate Babe Parilli is second on the list. He had nine such passes, from 1950 to 1958 with the Chicago Bears. Both men played in the first game ever televised by NBC, which also happened to be the last one they both took part in. The Cowboys-Redskins game on October 7, 1952, was watched by an estimated 17 million people, which at the time made it the most-viewed television event in American history.
There have been other instances where multiple players from the same team have had two or more consecutive passes fall into the end zone. But none of them come close to being as long as those two Dallas throws.
With 581 throwing touchdowns, Tom Brady holds the record. The New England Patriots quarterback is well on his way to breaking the all-time record of 580 set by Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.
Brady and Manning are the only quarterbacks to have more than 500 touchdown passes, and they're the only ones who still play for their teams. If anything, Manning's record is likely to be broken now that he's moved on from the Broncos.
Other notable passers with more than 500 touchdown passes include Joe Montana (551), John Elway (539), Terry Bradshaw (526), Randall Cunningham (524), Brett Favre (513), Steve Young (510), and Aaron Rodgers (505).
Of the current quarterbacks, only Brady has thrown for more than 400 touchdowns, and he's got a good shot at breaking Manning's record. Of the others, only Drew Brees has surpassed 300 touchdowns while playing for the Saints, and he did so last year when he passed Dan Marino for second place on the all-time list.
Brees also has a good chance at becoming the first player to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.