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Today’s Sports Stat: December 18, 2017

Aaron Rodgers picked the wrong time to have a game with stats that he never had before in his career.

In the Pack’s 31-24 loss to Carolina in his return after a seven-week absence, Rodgers had three interceptions to go along with three TD passes. It was the first game in his career that he had three interceptions and three TD passes in the same game.

Rodgers became only the fifth Green Bay QB to have three interceptions and three TD passes in the same game. Lynn Dickey did it five times in his Green Bay career while Brett Favre did it in three Packers’ games. The other two Green Bay QBs who did it were Tobin Rote and Randy Wright, each who did it in one game.

George Blanda has the most NFL career games with three (or more) interceptions and three (or more) TD passes in the same contest. He did it in nine games.

Following are the NFL QBs with the most career games with three interceptions and three TD passes in the same game.

9: George Blanda
8: Dan Marino
7: Dan Fouts
6: Eli Manning, Johnny Unitas
5: Len Dawson, Lynn Dickey, John Hadl, Bobby Layne, Vinny Testaverde


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Could Brett Favre become this generation’s George Blanda?

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What would an NFL season be without a good Brett Favre rumor?

Sports media is having a great time with recent comments made by Favre’s agent, Bus Cook. Speaking at an event earlier this week in Mobile, Ala., Cook told the audience that Favre, who will turn 44 in October, is coaching football at the local high school and is in “great shape.” He added:

“He could play (in the NFL) today, better than a lot of them out there today.”

Was this an innocent comment? Was it one meant to plant the seed in the minds of NFL fans across the country? Or, was it a calculated statement by Cook to generate some buzz and see what interest there might be from NFL teams looking to upgrade their quarterback play. I’ll let you decide which of these questions makes the most sense to you.

But for the record, how have 44-year-old (or older) quarterbacks done in the NFL? A quick scan of the files and we see that four different players have tossed a pass or two at age 44 or older.

Here’s a brief look at this quartet.

George Blanda: The poster child for aging quarterbacks in the NFL. Blanda, who also doubled as a Hall of Fame placekicker, played in the NFL from 1949-75, scoring 2,002. From age 44 until his retirement in January, 1976 at age 48, Blanda threw 80 passes for the Raiders, completing 39 of them. He threw six TD passes after the age of 44. He is the oldest player to make a pass attempt and have a pass completion in NFL history. He completed one pass in three attempts in a game on December 21, 1975 at age 48.

Steve DeBerg: DeBerg played in seven games as QB for the Atlanta Falcons in 1998 at age 44. He completed 30 of 59 passes with three TDs and one interception.

Warren Moon: Eight days after his 44th birthday, the Hall of Famer started at QB for the Kansas Chiefs versus the San Diego Chargers. The result was not a good one. The Chiefs lost 17-16. Moon completed only 12 of 31 passes for 130 yards and had one interception. It was his last career game.

Vinny Testaverde: Barely a month after turning 44, Testaverde got the start in three games for the Carolina Panthers in 2007. In those three games he completed 49 or 91 passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions. He played his last NFL game on December 30, 2007.

Will Favre join the above list?

Peyton Manning’s 7 TD passes a feat for ‘thirtysomething’ QBs

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We all know that Denver’s Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in the Broncos’ victory Thursday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. But what makes this feat even more amazing is that Manning did it at the age of 37.

Ironically, the two other QBs who have thrown for seven TD passes in a game were both in their 30’s when they accomplished the feat. Y.A. Tittle did it in 1962 just four days after his 36th birthday. Joe Kapp was 31 in 1969 when he tossed seven TD passes for the Minnesota Vikings against Baltimore.

Manning became the ninth QB age 35 or older to thrown for five or more TDs in a game. It was the 13th time since 1960 that an NFL QB age 35 or older had five or more TD passes in a game. George Blanda had five or more TD passes in a game four times at age 35-plus; Tittle did it twice, as did Warren Moon. Other QBs, in addition to Peyton Manning, who had five or more TD passes in a game at age 35 or older were Brett Favre, Rich Gannon, Babe Parilli, Vinny Testaverde and Kurt Warner.

With his seven TD passes in the opening game of the season, Manning now has thrown 44 TD passes at age 35 or older. That moved him into 26th place in the list of QBs who have the most TD passes at age 35 or older. Manning will set his sets on breaking into the Top 25 as next on the list is Phil Simms with 48.

Here’s a list of the NFL QBs who have the most TD passes at age 35 and older (from 1960 to current).

Quarterback, TD passes at age 35 or older
Brett Favre… 155
Warren Moon… 140
George Blanda… 124
John Elway… 101
Y.A. Tittle… 90
Kurt Warner… 89
Vinny Testaverde… 85
Fran Tarkenton… 76
Doug Flutie… 72
Steve Young… 71

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