On Thanksgiving Day, San Diego, I mean, L.A. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had a big game leading his team to a 28-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Rivers completed 27-of-33 passes (81.8% completion rate) for 434 yards and three TDs. What makes this game so noteworthy is that it was only the eighth time in NFL history that a QB completed 80% or higher of his passes in a game with over 400 yards passing and three or more TD passes. It was, however, the second such game for Rivers in his career… he did it in 2013. He became the second QB in NFL history to have multiple games where he completed 80% of his passes with 400 yards and three TDs. Ben Roethlisberger has also had two such games in his career.
Here are the six QBs who have thrown for 400+ yards with three or more TDs and a completion rate of 80% or higher in the same game.
Ben Roethlisberger (twice), 2014, 2016
Philip Rivers (twice), 2013,2017
Aaron Rodgers (once), 2013
Drew Brees (once), 2011
Steve Young (once), 1993
Ken O’Brien once), 1986
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Ben Roethlisberger had a rough day… five interceptions, no TD passes in the Steelers’ 30-9 loss to Jacksonville.
Roethlisberger became the 68th QB in NFL history to have a game (it was the 77th game) with five or more interceptions and no TD passes. The last QB to do this was last season when the Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick had six interceptions and no TD passes in a game versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
George Blanda holds the league record with four games with five or more interceptions and no TD passes. He is followed by Joe Ferguson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, John Hadl, Jim Hart, Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas, each who had two such games.
Teams that had a QB throw five interceptions and no TD passes in a game are 3-74; the last win was on November 18, 2012 when Atlanta’s Matt Ryan had five interceptions and no TD passes in the Falcons’ 23-19 win over Arizona.
99 Stats Until Kickoff: (#27) Aaron Rodgers 50-plus sacks can’t stop him from another 100+ Passer Rating Season
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As the Green Bay Packers starting QB the past five seasons, Aaron Rodgers has definitely set a standard that will be hard to duplicate when he hangs up his #12 uniform. Whether it’s TD passes, a career passer rating over 100, or a 52-26 regular season record as the Packers starting QB, Rodgers has put some eye-opening numbers on his professional football resume.
Here’s another one to consider: Rodgers this year became the first QB in NFL history to have two seasons where he was sacked 50-plus times but compiled a passer rating of 100 or more in that season. This year Rodgers was sacked 51 times and had a passer rating of 108. In 2009, Rodgers was sacked 50 times yet still had a season passer rating of 103.2.
Nine times there have been NFL quarterbacks who were sacked 50 or more times in a season yet the QB was able to compile a passer rating of 90 or above. With his 108 passer rating this year with 51 sacks, Rodgers now has the highest season passer rating of any NFL QB with 50-plus sacks.
Here’s a look at the QBs who have had a passer rating of 90 or above in a season when they were sacked 50-plus times.
Quarterback, season, passer rating (sacks)
1. Aaron Rodgers, 2012, 108 (51)
2. Aaron Rodgers, 2009, 103.2 (50)
3. Ben Roethlisberger, 2009, 100.5 (50)
4. Steve Bartkowski, 1983, 97.6 (51)
5. Ken O’Brien, 1985, 96.2 (62)
6. Steve Beuerlein, 1999, 94.6 (50)
7. Tony Eason, 1984, 93.4 (59)
8. Jeff George, 1997, 91.2 (58)
9. Craig Morton, 1981, 90.5 (54)
Rodgers this season became the 13th QB in NFL history to get sacked 50 or more times in two or more seasons. Here are those 13 QBs:
50-plus sack seasons, QBs
4: Randall Cunningham
3: Mark Brunell, Ken O’Brien, Phil Simms
2: Steve Beuerlein, Drew Bledsoe, David Carr, Tim Couch, Jeff George, Jon Kitna, Dave Krieg, Neil Lomax, Aaron Rodgers
Did you know:
* Rodgers was the only QB to get sacked 50 or more times this season. No QB was sacked 50-plus times last year. The only QB to get sacked 50-plus times in 2010 was Jay Cutler of the Bears who was sacked 52 times.
* David Carr holds the NFL record with 76 sacks in 2002 when he was the Houston QB.
* Rodgers’ 39 touchdown passes this season is the most by a QB who was sacked 50 or more times in a season. The previous high was 36 by Steve Beuerlein in 1999.
* Rodgers’ 67.2 percent pass completion rate this season is the highest of any QB who was sacked 50 or more times in a season. The previous high was 66.6 percent by Ben Roethlisberger in 2009.
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