Half dozen

History Published on : 9/14/2009

On September 28, 1969 the Minnesota Vikings Joe Kapp became the fifth quarterback to throw for seven touchdowns in a game. No National Football League passer has matched that output since but 16 others have thrown 6 TDs in a game including Peyton Manning who did it twice. (QBs with 7 TDs in a game)

On Sunday New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees added his name to the list when he completed 26 of 34 passes for 358 yards, and 6 TDs in the Saints 45-27 win over the Detroit Lions. It marked the first time in NFL history that a quarterback threw six touchdowns on Kickoff Weekend.

Brees is the second Saints quarterback to throw a half dozen TD passes in the same game. Billy Kilmer threw 6 TDs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Nov. 2, 1969. Amazingly, his counterpart Charley Johnson also threw 6 touchdowns for the Cardinals. From the Hall of Fame’s Archives. Newspaper article of Nov. 2, 1969 game when Kilmer and Johnson combined for an NFL record 12 TD throws in the same game (PDF)>>>

Sept. 28, 1969 Joe Kapp, Vikings vs. Colts*
Oct. 19, 1969 Daryle Lamonica, Raiders vs. Bills
Nov. 2, 1969 Charley Johnson, Cardinals vs. Saints
Nov. 2, 1969 Billy Kilmer, Saints vs. Cardinals
Sept. 24, 1972 Joe Namath, Jets vs. Colts
Nov. 24, 1977 Bob Griese, Dolphins vs. Cardinals
Nov. 22, 1981 Dan Fouts, Chargers vs. Raiders
Sept. 21, 1986 Dan Marino, Dolphins vs. Jets
Sept. 28, 1986 Tommy Kramer, Vikings vs. Packers
Oct. 14, 1990 Joe Montana, 49ers vs. Falcons
Sept. 8, 1991 Jim Kelly, Bills vs. Steelers
Nov. 10, 1991 Mark Rypien, Redskins vs. Falcons
Sept. 28, 2003 Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Saints
Nov. 25, 2004 Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Lions
Sept. 16, 2007 Carson Palmer, Bengals vs. Browns
Oct. 21, 2007 Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Dolphins
Sept. 28, 2008 Brett Favre, Jets vs. Cardinals
Sept. 13, 2009 Drew Brees, Saints vs. Lions
*NFL record-tying 7 TDs
Source: Elias Sports Bureau