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400-yard days

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09/09/2013

Updated Sept. 16, 2013

As the passing game has evolved in the National Football League, the 400-yard mark has become the gold standard of a quarterback’s ability to air it out. Three quarterbacks – Peyton Manning on Thursday, and Eli Manning, and Colin Kaepernick yesterday – threw for 400 or more yards during Kickoff Weekend.

The first

Chicago Bears Hall of Fame legendary quarterback Sid Luckman became the first passer in NFL history to eclipse the 400-yard plateau when he threw for 433 yards and 7 TDs in his team’s 56-7 rout of the New York Giants on Nov. 14, 1943. Only seven other quarterbacks registered 400-yard games through the remainder of the 1940s and ‘50s.

Most 400-yards games
in a season
2011 = 18 times
2012 = 15 times
2004 = 13 times
1986 = 13 times
2010= 11 times

Since 1961, every NFL season except for six of ten years in the 1970s (1970, 1971, 1973, 1977-79) a quarterback has thrown for 400 yards in a game at some point during the campaign. Heading into Monday night action of the 2013 Kickoff Weekend, there have been a grand total of 121 different quarterbacks who’ve collectively amassed 258 games with 400 or more passing yards.

Sharing the limelight

Interestingly there have been 37 instances, including Eli Manning and Kaepernick on Kickoff Weekend and the trio of QBs in Week 2, in which more than one quarterback threw for 400 yards on the same day. There are only nine games, including the Philadelphia Eagles-San Diego Chargers matchup on Sunday, over the nine-decade history of the NFL in which both quarterbacks hit the 400-yard milestone in the same game.

Only three times has the NFL ever experienced three 400-yard passers on the same day. The first occurrence came on Sept. 21, 1986 when Dan Marino and Ken O’Brien combined for 927 yards in the New York Jets 51-45 overtime win against the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, another AFC East passer, Tony Eason, recorded the lone 400-yard day of his career as his New England Patriots fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 38-31.

The second 400-yard “trifecta” came in the final weekend of the 2011 season. On Jan. 1, 2012, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions and Matt Flynn of the Green Bay Packers engaged in a wild aerial showdown when Stafford threw for 520 yards and Flynn for 480 yards. That same day, Carson Palmer threw for 417 yards for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale against the Chargers.

 

Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino holds the NFL record with 13 career 400-yard games and also the mark for most 400-yard games in a season (4).


400 Yards Passing on the Same Day

Date Player Team Opponent Yds TD
Sept. 15, 2013 Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay
Washington 480 4
Micheal Vick
Philadelphia San Diego
428 2
Phillip Rivers San Diego Philadelphia 417 3
Sept. 8, 2013 Eli Manning New York Giants Dallas Cowboys 450 4
Colin Kaepernick San Francisco Green Bay 412 3
Dec. 23, 2012 Drew Brees New Orleans Dallas 446 3
Tony Romo Dallas New Orleans 416 4
Nov. 22, 2012 Tony Romo Dallas Washington 441 3
Matthew Stafford Detroit Houston 441 2
Nov. 4, 2012 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Miami 433 2
Carson Palmer Oakland Tampa Bay 414 4
Sept. 30, 2012 Drew Brees New Orleans Green Bay 446 3
Ryan Tannenhill Miami Arizona 431 1
Jan. 1, 2012 Matthew Stafford Detroit Green Bay 520 5
Matt Flynn Green Bay Detroit 480 6
Carson Palmer Oakland San Diego 417 2
Oct. 9, 2011 Eli Manning New York Giants Seattle 420 3
Matt Schaub Houston Oakland 416 2
Oct. 2, 2011 Michael Vick Philadelphia San Francisco 416 2
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Denver 408 4
Sept. 18, 2011 Cam Newton Carolina Green Bay 432 1
Tom Brady New England San Diego 423 3
Sept. 12, 2011 Tom Brady New England Miami 517 4
Chad Henne Miami New England 416 2
Oct. 10, 2010 Philip Rivers San Diego Oakland 431 2
Tony Romo Dallas Tennessee 406 3
Sept. 26, 2010 Kyle Orton Denver Indianapolis 476 1
Philip Rivers San Diego Seattle 455 2
Sept. 19, 2010 Matt Schaub Houston Washington 497 3
Donovan McNabb Washington Houston 426 1
Sept. 21, 2008 Drew Brees New Orleans Denver 421 1
Brian Griese Tampa Bay Chicago 407 2
Dec. 19, 2004 Billy Volek Tennessee Oakland 492 4
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota Detroit 404 3
Dec. 5, 2004 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Green Bay 464 5
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Tennessee 425 3
Oct. 31, 2004 Jake Plummer Denver Atlanta 499 4
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Kansas City 472 5
Oct. 12, 2003 Steve McNair Tennessee Houston 421 3
Trent Green Kansas City Green Bay 400 3
Nov. 10, 2002 Tommy Maddox Pittsburgh Atlanta 473 4
Marc Bulger St. Louis San Diego 453 4
Sept. 15, 2002 Drew Bledsoe Buffalo Minnesota 463 3
Rich Gannon Oakland Pittsburgh 403 1
Nov. 18, 2001 Charlie Batch Detroit Arizona 436 3
Kurt Warner St. Louis New England 401 3
Nov. 5, 2000 Elvis Grbac Kansas City Oakland 504 2
Trent Green St. Louis Carolina 431 2
Dec. 6, 1998 Vinny Testaverde N.Y. Jets Seattle 418 2
John Elway Denver Kansas City 400 2
Sept. 4, 1994 Dan Marino Miami New England 473 5
Drew Bledsoe New England Miami 421 4
Sept. 13, 1992 Steve Young San Francisco Buffalo 449 3
Jim Kelly Buffalo San Francisco 403 3
Nov. 10, 1991 Mark Rypien Washington Atlanta 442 6
Warren Moon Houston Dallas 432 0
Nov. 26, 1989 Jim Everett L.A. Rams New Orleans 454 1
Mark Rypien Washington Chicago 401 4
Sept. 24, 1989 Joe Montana San Francisco Philadelphia 428 5
Dan Marino Miami N.Y. Jets 427 3
Nov. 2, 1986 Tommy Kramer Minnesota Washington 490 4
Ken O'Brien N.Y. Jets Seattle 431 4
Sept. 21, 1986 Ken O'Brien N.Y. Jets Miami 479 4
Dan Marino Miami N.Y. Jets 448 6
Tony Eason New England Seattle 414 3
Oct. 13, 1985 Phil Simms N.Y. Giants Cincinnati 513 1
Dave Krieg Seattle Atlanta 405 4
Oct. 6, 1985 Phil Simms N.Y. Giants Dallas 432 3
Joe Montana San Francisco Atlanta 429 5
Dec. 20, 1982 Dan Fouts San Diego Cincinnati 435 1
Ken Anderson Cincinnati San Diego 416 2
Oct. 25, 1981 Brian Sipe Cleveland Baltimore 444 4
David Woodley Miami Dallas 408 3
Oct. 29, 1961 George Blanda Houston Buffalo 464 4
Sonny Jurgensen Philadelphia Washington 436 3
Oct. 31, 1948 Sammy Baugh Washington Boston 446 4
Jim Hardy Los Angeles Chicago Cardinals 406 3
Bold indicates two 400-yard passers in same game.
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