It was the best year ever for NFL quarterbacks

Week 17 featured quite a few individual milestones and several single-season records. Here’s a look around the league:

  • This season, 10 quarterbacks passed for at least 4,000 yards — Matt Schaub (4,770), Peyton Manning (4,500), Tony Romo (4,483), Aaron Rodgers (4,434), Tom Brady (4,398), Drew Brees (4,388), Ben Roethlisberger (4,328), Phillip Rivers (4,254), Brett Favre (4,202), and Eli Manning (4,021) — the most in a single season in NFL history, eclipsing the previous record of seven in 2007.
  • This season, 12 quarterbacks passed for at least 25 touchdowns — Brees (34), Favre (33), P. Manning (33), Rodgers (30), Schaub (29), Brady (28), Rivers (28), Jay Cutler (27), E. Manning (27), Roethlisberger (26), Romo (26), and Kurt Warner (26) — the most in a single season in NFL history. The previous mark was 10 in 2007.
  • With 154 yards from scrimmage (134 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Titans’ 17-13 victory over Seattle, RB Chris Johnson totaled 2,509 yards from scrimmage this season (2,006 rushing, 503 receiving), surpassing Marshall Faulk (2,429 in 1999) for the NFL single-season record. Johnson also became the sixth player ever to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing, breaking Earl Campbell’s franchise record (1,934) in the process.
  • The Packers became the first team in NFL history with a 4,000-yard passer (Rodgers), 1,200-yard rusher (RB Ryan Grant) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Donald Driver and Greg Jennings) in consecutive seasons.
  • With four touchdown passes in the Vikings’ 44-7 win against the New York Giants, Favre finished with 33 touchdowns this season, reaching the 30-TD mark for the ninth time in his career, the most in NFL history. He also tied Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the second-most 4,000-yard seasons in NFL history (6).
  • Texans WR Andre Johnson, who finished with the NFL lead in receiving with 1,569 yards this season — and 1,575 in 2008 — joined Jerry Rice (1989-90 and 1993-95) as the only players since 1970 to lead the league in consecutive seasons.
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