Tag Archives: Quarterback

Dec. 1, 2002 – Michael Vick ran for 173 yards to set a then NFL single-game record for quarterbacks

Michael Vick, in his second NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons, made 15 starts, missing one game against the New York Giants on October 13 with a sprained shoulder. He completed 231 of 421 passes for 2,936 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had 113 carries for 777 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Vick also set a then-NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single a game with 173, in a 30-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, broken by Colin Kaepernick (181) in 2013. Vick capped the win against the Vikings game with his second rushing touchdown that came on an incredible 46-yard run in the sudden-death period. That was the longest TD run ever by a quarterback in overtime.


Nov. 29, 1987 – Joe Montana began a streak of NFL record 22 consecutive passes

In 1987, Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers had 31 touchdown passes, a career high, in just 13 games. He also set an NFL record by completing twenty-two consecutive passes, passed for 3,054 yards, and had a passer rating of 102.1. Though the 49ers finished with the best record in the NFL, they lost in the NFC semi-finals to the Minnesota Vikings. A true student of the game, Montana won the NFL’s passing title in both 1987 and 1989.

Prior to the 1987 season, Bill Walsh completed a trade for Steve Young, then a quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Young went on to appear in eight regular season games for the team and finished the year with a passer rating of 120.8.

Nov. 26, 1995 – Dan Marino set a new NFL record with his 343rd career TD pass

The 1995 season is a year full of milestones for Dan Marino as he breaks the NFL record for pass completions on October 8th against the Indianapolis Colts with 3,686. Then on November 12th against the New England Patriots Marino breaks the NFL record of yards passing of 47,003. Then two weeks later in Indianapolis Dan Marino throws his 343rd career Touchdowns pass breaking Fran Tarkenton‘s record. However, the Miami Dolphins lose all three games and finish with a 9-7 record barely squeezing in to the playoffs as the 6th seed. In the Wild Card round against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo Dan Marino passes for 422 in a 37-22 loss. The game would prove to be the final one coached by Don Shula who is forced to retire by new owner H. Wayne Huizenga who wants to bring in Jimmy Johnson to run the team. Despite the way his career ended Shula would remain in the Dolphins front office. In Shula’s 33 years as coach he collects a record of 347-173-6. During his 26 years at the helm of the Dolphins the team only suffers two losing season and wins two Super Bowls in five trips to the big game.


“70 years ago today, Sammy Baugh played the greatest game an NFL player has played.” – Peter King

Sammy Baugh, 1943: The Greatest Season?
By Dan Daly

“That year, the bandy-legged Texan led the NFL in pass attempts, completions and percentage; in punting average; and in interceptions—made, not thrown. And 70 years ago today he had arguably the greatest single-game performance in football history.”

Nov. 12, 1995 – Dan Marino became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards

Dan Marino, 34, came into game against the New England Patriots needing 38 yards to move past Fran Tarkenton and become the NFL‘s all-time leader in passing yards.

Although the Miami Dolphins lost to the Patriots 34-17, Marino connected on a 9-yard completion to wide receiver Irving Fryar and threw for 333 yards breaking Tarkenton’s NFL record for career passing yards (47,003).

By the end of 1995 season, Marino was in a class by himself. He broke Tarkenton’s all-time NFL marks for completions, passing yardage, touchdowns and pass attempts. Six-yard pass to Keith Byars on Oct. 8 gave him record-setting 3,687th completion. Nine-yard completion to Irving Fryar on Nov. 12 moved him past Tarkenton’s 47,003 career yards. Six-yard pass to Byars on Nov. 26 gave him record-setting 343rd TD. Threw 6,468th career attempt (which fell incomplete to Randal Hill) to top Tarkenton on Dec. 11. Missed two games due to knee and hip injuries. Tied NFL playoff mark with 64 attempts in 37-22 AFC first-round playoff loss to Buffalo.

The Power of Sports

Middle school football players execute life-changing play.

Meets the Olivet Eagles, a middle school football team who took a fledgling player under their wing and executed what may be the most successful play of all time.