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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, February 17th

Those are some clutch shirts

Those are some clutch shirts.

We all know that Tom Brady set the single-season passing touchdowns record in 2007, when he threw 50 touchdowns as the New England Patriots went 16-0. That broke Peyton Manning‘s mark of 49 touchdowns in 2004. And I think most of us know that prior to Manning, Dan Marino had set the NFL record with 48 touchdowns in 1984.

Marino’s touchdown record stood for 20 years, but do you know who held the record before Marino? Believe it or not, the previous record stood for even longer. Before we get to the hints, here are two freebies.

The quarterback still holds his franchise’s record for passing touchdowns in a season. And he is the last quarterback to set the single-season passing touchdowns record twice in his career.

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  • At age 37 no less! After breaking it the first time at age 36!

    If he weren’t a former Niner, I’d make a deer antler joke right now.

    • jessica

      49ers all the way

  • Tim Truemper

    I knew it right off the bat given I grew up down the street from his boyhood home in Marshall Texas. Everyone who grew up there and loved football read his auto-bio, “I, Pass.” Old Y.A. had a remarkable career. Too bad his playoff experience was so terrible. I wish he had stayed on the bench in the 63 title game and let Glynn Griffing play. The way the Bears offense was struggling against the Giants D, Griffing could have maybe eaked out one score or two to make the difference. Anyway, I really enjoy the trivia. Most of the time I can’t get them right before at least one hint, though.

  • Richie

    A fun project might be to look up some of the biggest record-breaking performances of all time.

    For instance, Marino’s 48 TD’s broke the record by 12 TD’s, or a 33% increase! (Only 17% if we adjust for 14/16-game schedule.)

    When Namath broke the passing yardage record (4,007) in 1967, he did it by only 8% over Jurgensen. (Though I never noticed before that Jurgensen also broke his own record in 1967.)

    Jerry Rice (22,895) broke James Lofton’s (14,004) career receiving yardage record by 63%.

  • GMC

    PFR lists Tittle with 33 touchdowns in 1962, not 35. Not sure what the disconnect is but those two seasons are pretty far out. He had a completion percentage over 60% in 1963 (!).

    The amazing thing about the old school NFL is how much things changed from year to year. Scheme and competition being much more varied (I think) at the time meant that you could be the best quarterback in the history of the NFL in 1963, and put up sub-Sanchez numbers in an (obviously injury ravaged) 1964.

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks GMC. The 35 was a typo, the record-breaking number was indeed 33. I fixed the post.

      Injuries played a big part, but the first quarterbacks that come to mind along that vein are Steve Young in ’98-’99 and Gannon in ’02-’03.