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NFL Single Season Passing Leaders

Drew Brees broken Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a single season. Mario’s NFL record had been in place since 1984. Drew Brees set the passing record in 2011, narrowly beating out Tom Brady.

There have only been 4 NFL Quarterbacks to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season.

Peyton Manning has thrown for over 4,000 yards 12 times so far in his career. Dan Marino hit the 4,000+ mark 6 times during is hall of fame career. Brett Favre has done it 6 times, and Warren Moon 4 times.

Below are all the QBs who have thrown for over 4,000 yards in a season.

Rk Player Team Yards Year
1 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5,476 2011
2 Tom Brady New England Patriots 5,235 2011
3 * Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5,177 2012
4 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 5,084 1984
5 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 5,069 2008
6 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions 5,038 2011
7 * Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions 4,967 2012
8 Eli Manning New York Giants 4,933 2011
9 * Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys 4,903 2012
10 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams 4,830 2001
11 * Tom Brady New England Patroits 4,827 2012
12 Tom Brady New England Patriots 4,806 2007
13 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers 4,802 1981
14 Matt Schaub Houston Texans 4,770 2009
15 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 4,746 1986
16 * Matt Ryan Atlanta Cowboys 4,719 2012
17 Daunte Culpepper Minnesota Vikings 4,717 2004
18 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers 4,715 1980
19 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers 4,710 2010
20 Peyton Manning Indianopolis Colts 4,700 2010
21 Warren Moon Houston Oilers 4,690 1991
T22 Warren Moon Houston Oilers 4,689 1990
  Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders 4,689 2002
24 * Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 4,659 2012
25 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 4,643 2011
26 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers 4,624 2011
27 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 4,620 2010
28 Neil Lomax St. Louis Cardinals 4,614 1984
29 Trent Green Kansas City Chiefs 4,591 2004
30 Kurt Warner Arizona Cardinals 4,583 2008
31 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,557 2004
32 Drew Bledsoe New England Patroits 4,555 1994
33 Jay Cutler Denver Broncos 4,526 2008
34 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,500 2009
35 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys 4,483 2009
36 Lynn Dickey Green Bay Packers 4,458 1983
37 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 4,453 1994
38 Steve Beuerlein Carolina Panthers 4,436 1999
T39 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 4,434 2009
  Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 4,434 1988
41 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 4,423 2007
42 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 4,418 2006
T43 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,413 2000
  Brett Favre Green Bay Packers 4,413 1995
45 Tom Brady New England Patriots 4,398 2009
46 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,397 2006
47 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 4,388 2009
48 *Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 4,374 2012
49 Matt Schaub Houston Texans 4,370 2010
50 Mark Brunell Jacksonville Jaguars 4,367 1996
51 Drew Bledsoe Buffalo Bills 4,359 2002
52 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams 4,353 1999
53 Bill Kenney Kansas City Chiefs 4,348 1983
54 Scott Mitchell Detroit Lions 4,338 1995
55 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers 4,328 2009
56 Don Majkowski Green Bay Packers 4,318 1989
57 Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams 4,310 1989
58 Marc Bulger St. Louis Rams 4,301 2006
59 * Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 4,295 2012
60 Jeff Garcia San Francisco 49ers 4,278 2000
61 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,267 2003
62 Warren Moon Minnesota Vikings 4,264 1994
63 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers 4,254 2009
64 Warren Moon Minnesota Vikings 4,228 1995
65 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers 4,212 1998
66 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys 4,211 2007
67 Jon Kitna Detroit Lions 4,208 2006
68 Brett Favre Minnesota Vikings 4,202 2009
69 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,200 2002
70 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys 4,184 2011
T71 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons 4,177 2011
  Vinny Testaverde Baltimore Ravens 4,177 1996
73 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers 4,170 1998
74 Elvis Grbac Kansas City Chiefs 4,169 2000
75 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers 4,155 2007
76 Jeff George Atlanta Falcons 4,143 1995
77 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 4,137 1985
78 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,135 1999
79 Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns 4,132 1980
T80 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,131 2001
  Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals 4,131 2007
82 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 4,116 1992
83 Tom Brady New England Patriots 4,110 2005
84 Jay Schroeder Washington Redskins 4,109 1986
85 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers 4,091 1999
86 Jake Plummer Denver Broncos 4,089 2004
87 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers 4,088 2004
88 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots 4,086 1996
89 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers 4,082 1979
90 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers 4,077 2011
91 Kerry Collins New York Giants 4,073 2002
92 Jon Kitna Detroit Lions 4,068 2007
93 * Josh Freeman Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4,065 2012
94 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers 4,051 2011
95 Phil Simms New York Giants 4,044 1984
96 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,040 2007
97 Trent Green Kansas City Chiefs 4,039 2003
98 Aaron Rogers Green Bay Packers 4,038 2008
99 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals 4,035 2006
100 John Elway Denver Broncos 4,030 1993
101 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers 4,023 1993
102 Eli Manning New York Giants 4,021 2009
103 * Carson Palmer Oakland Raiders 4,018 2012
104 Trent Green Kansas City Chiefs 4,014 2005
105 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers 4,009 2008
106 * Matt Schaub Houston Texans 4,008 2012
107 Joe Namath New York Jets 4,007 1967
108 Brad Johnson Washington Redskins 4,005 1999
109 Eli Manning New York Giants 4,002 2010
110 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 4,002 2008


* Current season

** Updated Jan. 1st, 2013

Sources:
pro-football-reference.com
databasefootball.com
wikipedia.org
espn.com

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  • ry

    Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Cowboys? Doesn’t exactly sound right….

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