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You probably have heard the stat: Matt Ryan just set an NFL record by throwing touchdowns to 13 different receivers. Here’s the final tally:

Games Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD
18 Taylor Gabriel 25 wr 13 3 35 579 16.5 6
11 Julio Jones 27 WR 13 13 76 1313 17.3 5
12 Mohamed Sanu 27 WR 14 14 55 621 11.3 3
83 Jacob Tamme 31 te 8 5 22 210 9.5 3
81 Austin Hooper 22 te 14 3 19 271 14.3 3
16 Justin Hardy 25 wr 15 2 17 160 9.4 3
24 Devonta Freeman 24 RB 15 15 49 381 7.8 2
26 Tevin Coleman 23 12 0 28 406 14.5 2
19 Aldrick Robinson 28 wr 15 1 18 287 15.9 2
80 Levine Toilolo 25 TE 15 10 12 246 20.5 2
42 Patrick DiMarco 27 fb 15 8 7 52 7.4 1
82 Joshua Perkins 23 te 7 1 3 42 14.0 1
86 D.J. Tialavea 25 1 0 1 1 1.0 1

And while I’ve heard this stat mentioned in a number of places, I never heard who was the previous record holder. So I ran the numbers myself.  Brad Johnson set the record in 2003 with 12, breaking the record first set back in 1947 by Sammy Baugh.  Then, Tom Brady tied Johnson two years later.  After running the numbers, this doesn’t seem like a stat that’s all that meaningful, but here’s a list of all instances where a quarterback threw touchdowns to at least 10 different receivers on the same team in one year:

#QBYearTeamReceiver
12Brad Johnson2003TAMKeenan McCardell (8); Keyshawn Johnson (3); Charles Lee (2); Warren Sapp (2); Michael Pittman (2); Todd Yoder (2); Joe Jurevicius (2); Rickey Dudley (1); Jameel Cook (1); Ken Dilger (1); Will Heller (1); Reggie Barlow (1)
12Tom Brady2005NWEDeion Branch (5); Mike Vrabel (3); Ben Watson (3); Daniel Graham (3); David Givens (2); Troy Brown (2); Christian Fauria (2); Tim Dwight (2); Tom Ashworth (1); Corey Dillon (1); Andre' Davis (1); Bethel Johnson (1)
11Vinny Testaverde1996BALMichael Jackson (14); Derrick Alexander (9); Floyd Turner (2); Brian Kinchen (1); Jermaine Lewis (1); Jonathan Ogden (1); Eric Green (1); Bam Morris (1); Earnest Byner (1); Calvin Williams (1); Herman Arvie (1)
11Matthew Stafford2012DETCalvin Johnson (4); Brandon Pettigrew (3); Titus Young (3); Ryan Broyles (2); Nate Burleson (2); Kris Durham (1); Will Heller (1); Brian Robiskie (1); Tony Scheffler (1); Mike Thomas (1); Kevin Smith (1)
11Matt Ryan2014ATLRoddy White (7); Julio Jones (6); Antone Smith (3); Eric Weems (2); Devin Hester (2); Harry Douglas (2); Levine Toilolo (2); Jacquizz Rodgers (1); Devonta Freeman (1); Bear Pascoe (1); Patrick DiMarco (1)
11Philip Rivers2010SDGAntonio Gates (10); Malcom Floyd (6); Vincent Jackson (3); Darren Sproles (2); Seyi Ajirotutu (2); Randy McMichael (2); Kelley Washington (1); Patrick Crayton (1); Jacob Hester (1); Craig Davis (1); Legedu Naanee (1)
11Jake Plummer2002ARIKevin Kasper (3); Marcel Shipp (3); Joel Makovicka (3); Frank Sanders (2); Steve Bush (1); Nate Poole (1); Arnold Jackson (1); Jason McAddley (1); Freddie Jones (1); MarTay Jenkins (1); David Boston (1)
11Donovan McNabb2008PHIBrian Westbrook (5); L.J. Smith (3); Hank Baskett (3); Correll Buckhalter (2); Kevin Curtis (2); DeSean Jackson (2); Jason Avant (2); Brent Celek (1); Greg Lewis (1); Reggie Brown (1); Todd Herremans (1)
11Dan Marino1985MIANat Moore (7); Bruce Hardy (4); Joe Rose (4); Mark Clayton (4); Dan Johnson (3); Ron Davenport (2); Mark Duper (2); Tony Nathan (1); Jim Jensen (1); Vince Heflin (1); Woody Bennett (1)
11Andrew Luck2013INDT.Y. Hilton (5); Coby Fleener (4); Griff Whalen (2); Donald Brown (2); Da'Rick Rogers (2); LaVon Brazill (2); Reggie Wayne (2); Trent Richardson (1); Darrius Heyward-Bey (1); Stanley Havili (1); Dwayne Allen (1)
11Drew Brees2014NORJimmy Graham (10); Marques Colston (5); Josh Hill (5); Kenny Stills (3); Brandin Cooks (3); Ben Watson (2); Erik Lorig (1); Nick Toon (1); Austin Johnson (1); Pierre Thomas (1); Travaris Cadet (1)
11Drew Brees2008NORLance Moore (10); Marques Colston (5); Reggie Bush (4); Robert Meachem (3); Pierre Thomas (3); Devery Henderson (3); Mark Campbell (2); Billy Miller (1); Deuce McAllister (1); Aaron Stecker (1); David Patten (1)
11Tom Brady2006NWEReche Caldwell (4); Ben Watson (3); Troy Brown (3); Chad Jackson (3); Doug Gabriel (3); Kevin Faulk (2); Daniel Graham (2); David Thomas (1); Jabar Gaffney (1); Laurence Maroney (1); Heath Evans (1)
11Tom Brady2002NWEChristian Fauria (7); David Patten (5); Troy Brown (3); Kevin Faulk (3); Donald Hayes (2); Antowain Smith (2); Deion Branch (2); David Givens (1); Mike Vrabel (1); Daniel Graham (1); Cam Cleeland (1)
11Sammy Baugh1947WASHugh Taylor (6); Dick Poillon (4); Bob Nussbaumer (4); Eddie Saenz (3); Paul McKee (2); Doug Turley (1); Joe Tereshinski (1); Sal Rosato (1); George Wilde (1); Joe Duckworth (1); John Lookabaugh (1)
10Jameis Winston2015TAMCharles Sims (4); Austin Seferian-Jenkins (4); Mike Evans (3); Cameron Brate (3); Vincent Jackson (3); Luke Stocker (1); Adam Humphries (1); Russell Shepard (1); Donteea Dye (1); Doug Martin (1)
10Russell Wilson2015SEADoug Baldwin (14); Tyler Lockett (6); Jermaine Kearse (5); Fred Jackson (2); Jimmy Graham (2); Will Tukuafu (1); Chase Coffman (1); Thomas Rawls (1); Luke Willson (1); Ricardo Lockette (1)
10Russell Wilson2014SEAMarshawn Lynch (4); Luke Willson (3); Doug Baldwin (3); Robert Turbin (2); Cooper Helfet (2); Ricardo Lockette (2); Paul Richardson (1); Tony Moeaki (1); Jermaine Kearse (1); Derrick Coleman (1)
10Mike Tomczak1989CHIDennis McKinnon (3); James Thornton (3); Wendell Davis (2); Neal Anderson (2); Cap Boso (1); Ron Morris (1); Dennis Gentry (1); Thomas Sanders (1); Matt Suhey (1); Brad Muster (1)
10Jack Thompson1983TAMKevin House (5); Gerald Carter (2); Adger Armstrong (2); Theo Bell (2); James Wilder (2); Jerry Bell (1); Mel Carver (1); Jim Obradovich (1); Jimmie Giles (1); James Owens (1)
10Vinny Testaverde2000NYJWayne Chrebet (6); Dedric Ward (3); Richie Anderson (2); Anthony Becht (2); Fred Baxter (2); Curtis Martin (2); Laveranues Coles (1); Jermaine Wiggins (1); Jumbo Elliott (1); Marcus Coleman (1)
10Fran Tarkenton1962MINTommy Mason (6); Charley Ferguson (6); Jerry Reichow (3); Bill Brown (1); Gordie Smith (1); Mel Triplett (1); Oscar Donahue (1); Doug Mayberry (1); Steve Stonebreaker (1); Bobby Reed (1)
10Ryan Tannehill2015MIAJarvis Landry (4); Rishard Matthews (4); DeVante Parker (3); Jordan Cameron (3); Kenny Stills (3); Lamar Miller (2); Jake Stoneburner (2); Greg Jennings (1); Dion Sims (1); Damien Williams (1)
10Matthew Stafford2015DETCalvin Johnson (9); Golden Tate (6); Eric Ebron (5); Theo Riddick (3); Lance Moore (3); Tim Wright (2); T.J. Jones (1); Michael Burton (1); Brandon Pettigrew (1); Ameer Abdullah (1)
10Brian Sipe1983CLEOzzie Newsome (6); Bobby Jones (4); Harry Holt (3); Ricky Feacher (3); Rocky Belk (2); Willis Adams (2); Dave Logan (2); Mike Pruitt (2); Dwight Walker (1); Boyce Green (1)
10Matt Ryan2013ATLTony Gonzalez (8); Jason Snelling (3); Roddy White (3); Drew Davis (2); Harry Douglas (2); Jacquizz Rodgers (2); Levine Toilolo (2); Julio Jones (2); Darius Johnson (1); Steven Jackson (1)
10Matt Ryan2012ATLJulio Jones (10); Tony Gonzalez (8); Roddy White (7); Harry Douglas (1); Michael Palmer (1); Mike Johnson (1); Drew Davis (1); Jason Snelling (1); Michael Turner (1); Jacquizz Rodgers (1)
10Aaron Rodgers2008GNBGreg Jennings (9); Donald Driver (5); Donald Lee (5); John Kuhn (2); Jordy Nelson (2); Jermichael Finley (1); Ryan Grant (1); Ruvell Martin (1); James Jones (1); Korey Hall (1)
10Carson Palmer2005CINChad Johnson (9); T.J. Houshmandzadeh (7); Chris Henry (6); Jeremi Johnson (3); Chris Perry (2); Kelley Washington (1); Reggie Kelly (1); Tab Perry (1); Matt Schobel (1); Kevin Walter (1)
10Charlie O'Rourke1946LADJoe Aguirre (2); Bob Nowaskey (2); John Kimbrough (1); Dale Gentry (1); John Polanski (1); Harry Clarke (1); Jack Morton (1); Bus Mertes (1); Al Krueger (1); Bernie Nygren (1)
10Joe Montana1984SFOFreddie Solomon (9); Dwight Clark (5); Earl Cooper (3); Renaldo Nehemiah (2); Roger Craig (2); Russ Francis (2); Wendell Tyler (2); John Frank (1); Mike Wilson (1); Carl Monroe (1)
10Marcus Mariota2015TENDelanie Walker (4); Dorial Green-Beckham (3); Craig Stevens (2); Harry Douglas (2); Anthony Fasano (2); Kendall Wright (2); Jalston Fowler (1); Justin Hunter (1); Dexter McCluster (1); Bishop Sankey (1)
10Dan Marino1997MIATroy Drayton (4); Charles Jordan (3); Lamar Thomas (2); Ed Perry (1); Brett Perriman (1); Jerris McPhail (1); Karim Abdul-Jabbar (1); Bernie Parmalee (1); O.J. McDuffie (1); Fred Barnett (1)
10Dan Marino1986MIAMark Duper (11); Mark Clayton (10); Bruce Hardy (5); Nat Moore (5); Dan Johnson (4); Lorenzo Hampton (3); James Pruitt (2); Tony Nathan (2); Jim Jensen (1); Ron Davenport (1)
10Dan Marino1984MIAMark Clayton (18); Mark Duper (7); Nat Moore (6); Bruce Hardy (5); Dan Johnson (3); Jimmy Cefalo (2); Tony Nathan (2); Joe Rose (2); Jim Jensen (2); Woody Bennett (1)
10Ron Jaworski1980PHIHarold Carmichael (9); Keith Krepfle (4); Charlie Smith (3); Wilbert Montgomery (2); John Spagnola (2); Billy Campfield (2); Scott Fitzkee (2); Rodney Parker (1); Louie Giammona (1); Leroy Harris (1)
10Dan Fouts1981SDGKellen Winslow (9); Charlie Joiner (7); Wes Chandler (5); Eric Sievers (3); James Brooks (3); Ron Smith (2); John Cappelletti (1); Clarence Williams (1); Dwight Scales (1); Hank Bauer (1)
10Brett Favre1996GNBKeith Jackson (10); Antonio Freeman (9); Dorsey Levens (5); Don Beebe (4); Robert Brooks (4); Derrick Mayes (2); Terry Mickens (2); Andre Rison (1); William Henderson (1); Edgar Bennett (1)
10John Elway1986DENSammy Winder (4); Steve Watson (3); Gerald Willhite (3); Vance Johnson (2); Gene Lang (2); Orson Mobley (1); Mark Jackson (1); Clarence Kay (1); Dave Studdard (1); Steve Sewell (1)
10Trent Dilfer1998TAMReidel Anthony (7); Dave Moore (4); Jacquez Green (2); Bert Emanuel (2); Robb Thomas (1); Mike Alstott (1); Brice Hunter (1); John Davis (1); Karl Williams (1); Lorenzo Neal (1)
10Chris Chandler1997ATLBert Emanuel (7); Terance Mathis (4); O.J. Santiago (2); Byron Hanspard (1); Jamal Anderson (1); Brian Kozlowski (1); Todd Kinchen (1); Ed West (1); Bob Christian (1); Michael Haynes (1)
10Derek Carr2015OAKMichael Crabtree (9); Amari Cooper (6); Seth Roberts (5); Andre Holmes (4); Clive Walford (3); Mychal Rivera (1); Lee Smith (1); Taiwan Jones (1); Marcel Reece (1); Roy Helu (1)
10John Brodie1966SFODave Parks (5); Ken Willard (2); Monty Stickles (2); Kay McFarland (1); Dave Kopay (1); John David Crow (1); Kent Kramer (1); Gary Lewis (1); Jim Jackson (1); Bernie Casey (1)
10Drew Brees2013NORJimmy Graham (16); Kenny Stills (5); Marques Colston (5); Pierre Thomas (3); Lance Moore (2); Robert Meachem (2); Ben Watson (2); Darren Sproles (2); Josh Hill (1); Travaris Cadet (1)
10Drew Brees2009NORRobert Meachem (9); Marques Colston (9); Reggie Bush (3); Jeremy Shockey (3); Lance Moore (2); Pierre Thomas (2); Devery Henderson (2); Heath Evans (2); Darnell Dinkins (1); David Thomas (1)
10Steve Bono1996KANChris Penn (3); Kimble Anders (1); Greg Hill (1); Sean LaChapelle (1); Reggie Johnson (1); Danan Hughes (1); Dale Carter (1); Tony Richardson (1); Tamarick Vanover (1); Lake Dawson (1)
10Drew Bledsoe1997NWEBen Coates (8); Troy Brown (5); Sam Gash (3); Keith Byars (3); Shawn Jefferson (2); Terry Glenn (2); Vincent Brisby (2); Dave Meggett (1); Lovett Purnell (1); Curtis Martin (1)
10Sammy Baugh1948WASDick Todd (6); Hal Crisler (5); Hugh Taylor (3); Tom Farmer (2); Steve Bagarus (1); Bob Nussbaumer (1); Dick Poillon (1); Joe Tereshinski (1); Dan Sandifer (1); Jim Castiglia (1)

What do you think?

  • sacramento gold miners

    Good stuff. I wonder if this stat is reliant on injuries to the WR position. Wouldn’t have thought Brad Johnson and Jack Thompson would be on this list.

    Brian Sipe is here as well, and he was a special QB for a short time. Played for Don Coryell at San Diego State, didn’t have a big arm, but nearly led the 1980 Browns to the AFC TG that season. Browns were in FG range on that icy day, but Sipe went for the TD, and Mike Davis of the Raiders intercepted.

  • WR

    Interesting that Peyton Manning’s name is not on this list. I think it really speaks to how many great receivers he got to play with, and how those guys stayed remarkably healthy.

  • Richie

    How difficult would it be to create the same list, but for regular receptions (not just touchdown receptions)?

    • Not very. Just curious?

      • Richie

        Yeah, curious what the top 10 or so is. See how it compares to the TD list.

  • I realize this is a very weird thing to ask, but on the Dan LeBatard Show, it’s kind of a running joke that Tom Brady is the only QB who’s thrown TDs to four different white receivers in the same game. This seems sort of related here, as any QB who manages to do that would probably have a lot of unique receivers. Is there any way to confirm that strange stat?