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Touchdowns in Losses

A fun trivia question from Scott Kacsmar this week:

The most TD passes a QB threw in one season in games he LOST is 25. Name the QB, and if you can, the year.

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Who is the career leader in touchdown passes in losses?

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Who is the single-season leader in rushing touchdowns in losses?

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What about the career leader in rushing touchdowns in losses?

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How about the single-season leader in receiving touchdowns in losses?

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Finally, what about the career leader? There’s a three-way tie in this category, with 46 touchdown receptions in losses.

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The trivia run ends tomorrow, as Andrew Healy has another fun post.

  • Malene, CPH

    These records are so sad they’re like hallmark cards. Like a museum of empty accomplishments.

  • “[I]s there any chance Johnson doesn’t completely blow this record out of the water?” Well, they fired Jim Schwartz so maybe if the Lions now become good enough that few of his TDs are in losses. Oh, wait, Jim Caldwell. No. There is no chance.

    The only ones I got were the first one (When in doubt, Vinny is a good guess for trivia.) and half of the penultimate question (the Calvin Johnson half, which is dumb since I knew the earlier one and so had a clue about Michael Jackson). I thought for sure I had at least 2/3 of the last one by guessing Steve Largent, Jerry Rice, and Irving Fryar, but I wasn’t even close except for Largent.

  • Joseph M. Bryant

    I don’t think it’s quite fair or correct to use a phrase like “empty accomplishments” to capture the value or meaning of stellar performances in losing efforts. As a team sport, individual stats are always conditioned by the team one plays for, and many great players have been stuck on bad teams for much of their careers, while lesser talents can build up impressive stats on strong teams. Think of a Gale Sayers on the Bears, or Dick Butkus. Archie Manning is a classic case. But let me give just one example, going back to 1967. Sonny Jurgensen’s mediocre Redskins visit a strong Cleveland team. The Browns score at will, but Sonny keeps leading the Skins back. He goes 32 of 50, 418 yds, 3 tds and 1 pick against a relentless rush that sacks him five times and harries him relentlessly. His last minute effort to pull out a win falls short, 42 to 37. But I pick this story mainly because of the reaction to this game by another player, Dandy Don Meredith. Turns out he and his wife were watching the game on TV. His wife was so moved by the game that she later sent Sonny a letter, describing how she and Don were so caught up in Sonny’s heroics that they were jumping up and down with joy and despair at the ebb and flow of the game. Sonny’s performance had left them emotionally exhausted and in tears at the loss. So sometimes, and more often that we appreciate, there is greater glory in defeat than in victory.