Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have now connected for 84 passing touchdowns, all of which came in the regular season. The list below includes the playoffs, and Young and Rice have combined for 85 regular season touchdown passes and 7 playoff scores. That means Rivers and Gates are two more touchdowns away from the second most regular season touchdowns in NFL history. Gates is tied for 6th all time in receiving touchdowns (111) with Tony Gonzalez: despite that, Gates has connected with a touchdown more often with Rivers than Gonzalez has with both Matt Ryan and Trent Green combined.
There’s another tight end duo creeping up the list: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected for 76 touchdowns, tied for fifth place on the list. Also at 76 touchdowns: Marques Colston and Drew Brees. The interesting note there: Colston retired without ever catching a touchdown pass from anyone besides Brees.
The table below shows the full list for combinations that have at least 25 touchdown strikes:
Other interesting notes: Randall Cunningham and Cris Carter connected for 17 touchdowns in Philadelphia and 16 touchdowns in Minnesota. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall teamed up for 26 touchdowns in Chicago and 14 in Denver. Terry Glenn and Drew Bledsoe hit 21 scoring strikes in New England, and 10 in Dallas. And the fourth QB/WR pair to connect for double digit touchdown passes for two different teams? That one gets an asterisk: Vinny Testaverde threw 29 passing touchdowns to Michael Jackson: 12 came while the duo was in Cleveland, and 17 after the franchise moved to Baltimore. Obviously that was the same “team” on the field, but NFL records do count them as separate franchises.
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