Daily Archives: November 29th, 2012

Eli Manning reaches 200-TD milestone with New York Giants

Eli Manning during a 2007 training camp

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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With his 13-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter of the Giants’ 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, Eli Manning reached a couple of milestones in his career:

* Manning’s TD pass to Nicks gave him 200 for his career and moved him ahead of Phil Simms (199 TD passes) for most TD passes by a New York Giants QB.

* Manning became the 33rd QB in NFL history to reach the 200-TD mark.

In addition, Eli became the 19th QB in league history to throw 200 or more touchdown passes for one team, making the Giants the 15th franchise to have at least one QB with 200-plus TD passes.

Here’s a rundown of the teams with one (or more) QBs with 200-plus TD passes with their franchise:

3: San Francisco (Joe Montana, 244; Steve Young, 221; John Brodie , 214)

2: Indianapolis (Peyton Manning, 399; Johnny Unitas, 287)
2: San Diego (Dan Fouts, 254, John Hadl, 201)

1: Arizona (Jim Hart, 209)
1: Buffalo (Jim Kelly, 237)
1: Denver (John Elway, 300)
1: Green Bay (Brett Favre, 442)
1: Kansas City (Len Dawson, 237)
1: Miami (Dan Marino, 420)
1: Minnesota (Fran Tarkenton, 239)
1: New England (Tom Brady, 324)
1: New Orleans (Drew Brees, 232)
1: New York Giants (Eli Manning, 200)
1: Philadelphia (Donovan McNabb, 216)
1: Pittsburgh: (Terry Bradshaw, 212)

There are 14 QBs who have thrown for 200-plus TDs in their career, but do not have 200 or more with one team. Those QBs are: Warren Moon, Vinny Testaverde, Sonny Jurgensen, Drew Bledsoe, Dave Krieg, Boomer Esiason, Y.A. Tittle, George Blanda, Kerry Collins, Kurt Warner, Randall Cunningham, Jim Everett, Roman Gabriel and Matt Hasselbeck.

It’s also interesting to note that four current quarterbacks are approaching the 200-TD mark for their teams and will likely change the landscape of the list above in various ways. For example:

* Dallas’ Tony Romo is currently tied with Troy Aikman for most TD passes in Cowboys’ history with 165. Romo’s next TD pass will give him the franchise record. Will Romo still be in Dallas to become the first Cowboys’ QB to throw 200 TD passes?

* The Packers Aaron Rodgers earlier this year passed Bart Starr (152) for second on the team’s list for most TD passes with the franchise. He now has 160 TD passes and could become the Pack’s second 200-TD QB next season.

* Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers has been on the sidelines for the past couple of weeks and has not added to his career TD passes of 182. He would join Terry Bradshaw as Pittsburgh’s 200-TD quarterbacks; that will likely happen in 2014.

* San Diego’s Philip Rivers has 181 career TD passes with the Chargers. He would join Fouts and Hadl with 200 when he reaches that mark (likely 2014) and would make the San Diego franchise only the second in league history to have three QBs with 200-plus TD passes.

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Last 5 weeks of the NFL season: Patriots the best at this time of the season!

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Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England P...

Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots   (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With three Super Bowl titles and five appearances in that game since 2001 and a league-leading record of 147-56 since 2000, it pretty obvious that the New England Patriots have been the NFL’s best franchise this century.

So what has been the reason for their success? Bill Belichick taking over as head coach in 2000? Tom Brady becoming the team’s starting quarterback in the 2001 season?

There are probably a handful of other reasons in addition to the above two men who have led the team in the past decade-plus. But let me offer another reason for the Patriots’ success: The Patriots have been great finishers.

Today starts the last five weeks of the 2012 regular season. If you look at the last five games of each season since 2002 (10 seasons times the last five games of each season equals 50 games), the Patriots have compiled a 42-8 record in those 50 games, by far the best record in the league. This .840 winning percentage in the final five games of the season from 2002-11 shows that the Patriots have been a team that finishes the season on a high note.

Following are the number of wins for each NFL team in the last five games of the season over the past 10 years (50 games).

42: New England

36: Pittsburgh

35: Philadelphia, San Diego

33: Indianapolis

32: Green Bay

31: Baltimore

30: Carolina

28: Tennessee

26: New Orleans, Seattle

25: Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco

24: Chicago, New York Giants, New York Giants

23: Arizona, Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas City

22: Houston, Jacksonville, Minnesota

21: Dallas

20: Buffalo, Washington

19: Tampa Bay

16: Cleveland, St. Louis

15: Oakland

14: Detroit

Here’s a few more stats regarding the last five games of the season over the past 10 years:

* Fifteen different teams went 5-0 in the last five games of the season since 2002. As you might expect, the Patriots accomplished this four times (2003, 2007, 2010 and 2011). The other teams: San Diego (2006, 2007, 2009), Miami (2005, 2008), Indianapolis (2008), New Orleans (2011), Philadelphia (2006), Pittsburgh (2004), Tennessee (2002), Washington (2005). Of these 15 teams that went 5-0, 14 of them made the playoffs that year. The only exception was in 205 when the Miami Dolphins went 5-0 to end the season but did not make the playoffs.

* Of the 20 teams that have played in the Super Bowl in the last 10 years, three went 5-0 in their last five games, seven went 4-1, seven went 3-2 and three went 2-3.

* The three Super Bowl teams that went 5-0 were the New England Patriots of 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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