Strong Arm Tactics:

A History and Statistical Analysis of the Professional Quarterback

 

400-Yard Passing Games

While the 300-yard passing game has become somewhat commonplace in the contemporary game, 400-yards passing is still relatively rare - and 500-yards passing remains an extraordinary achievement. It is interesting to note from the following data that 400-yard passers won 60% of the time, while 500-yard passers won only 3 of 8 games. Here they are listed by passer.

400- Yard Passing Games, by Team, through 2006

Date Quarterback Team Points Opponent Points Passing Yards W/L Notes
10/13/1963 Charlie Johnson ARZ 24 PIT 23 428 W  
12/16/1984 Neil Lomax ARZ 27 WSH 29 468 L  
9/20/1987 Neil Lomax ARZ 24 SDC 28 457 L  
12/19/1993 Steve Beuerlein ARZ 30 SEA 27 431 W OT
11/26/1995 Dave Krieg ARZ 40 ATL 37 413 W OT
11/10/1996 Boomer Esiason ARZ 37 WSH 34 522 W OT
11/15/1998 Jake Plummer ARZ 28 DAL 35 465 L  
11/26/2006 Matt Leinart ARZ 26 MIN 31 405 L  
11/15/1981 Steve Bartkowski ATL 20 PIT 34 416 L  
12/23/2001 Chris Chandler ATL 33 BUF 30 431 W  
10/27/1996 Vinny Testaverde BAL 37 STL 31 429 W OT
10/9/1983 Joe Ferguson BUF 38 MIA 35 419 W OT
9/13/1992 Jim Kelly BUF 34 SFF 31 449 W  
9/15/2002 Drew Bledsoe BUF 45 MIN 39 463 W OT
10/6/2002 Drew Bledsoe BUF 31 OAK 49 417 L  
12/10/2006 Chrix Weinke CAR 13 NYG 27 423 L  
11/14/1943 Sid Luckman CHI 56 NYG 7 433 W 7 TD Passes
12/11/1949 John Lujack CHI 52 ARZ 21 468 W  
11/18/1962 Billy Wade CHI 34 DAL 33 466 W  
11/14/1999 Jim Miller CHI 24 MIN 27 422 L OT
11/17/1975 Ken Anderson CIN 33 BUF 24 447 W  
12/20/1982 Ken Anderson CIN 34 SDC 50 416 L  
12/21/1986 Boomer Esiason CIN 52 NYJ 21 425 W  
11/22/1987 Boomer Esiason CIN 16 PIT 30 409 L  
10/7/1990 Boomer Esiason CIN 34 STL 31 490 W OT
12/30/2001 Jon Kitna CIN 26 PIT 23 411 W OT
11/12/2006 Carson Palmer CIN 41 SDC 49 440 L  
10/4/1952 Otto Graham CLE 21 PIT 20 401 W  
10/25/1981 Brian Sipe CLE 42 IND 28 444 W  
11/10/1986 Bernie Kosar CLE 26 MIA 16 401 W  
11/23/1986 Bernie Kosar CLE 31 PIT 37 414 L  
11/28/2004 Kelly Holcomb CLE 48 CIN 58 413 L  
11/10/1963 Don Meredith DAL 24 SFF 31 460 L  
11/13/1966 Don Meredith DAL 31 WSH 30 406 W  
11/26/1998 Troy Aikman DAL 36 MIN 46 455 L  
9/15/1962 Frank Tripucka DEN 23 BUF 20 447 W  
11/18/1974 Charley Johnson DEN 34 KCC 42 445 L  
12/20/1985 John Elway DEN 27 SEA 24 432 W  
12/6/1998 John Elway DEN 35 KCC 31 400 W  
11/19/2000 Gus Frerotte DEN 38 SDC 37 462 W  
10/31/2004 Jake Plummer DEN 28 ATL 41 499 L  
11/23/1995 Scott Mitchell DET 44 MIN 38 410 W  
11/18/2001 Charlie Batch DET 38 ARZ 45 436 L  
12/21/1969 Don Horn GBP 45 ARZ 28 410 W  
10/12/1980 Lynn Dickey GBP 14 TBB 14 418 T OT
12/5/1993 Brett Favre GBP 17 CHI 30 402 L  
9/17/1967 Johnny Unitas IND 38 ATL 31 401 W  
9/26/1999 Peyton Manning IND 27 SDC 19 404 W  
9/25/2000 Peyton Manning IND 43 JAX 14 440 W  
9/23/2001 Peyton Manning IND 42 BUF 26 421 W  
11/16/2003 Peyton Manning IND 38 NYJ 31 401 W  
10/31/2004 Peyton Manning IND 35 KCC 45 472 L  
12/5/2004 Peyton Manning IND 51 TEN 24 425 W  
9/17/2006 Peyton Manning IND 43 HOU 24 400 W  
9/22/1996 Mark Brunell JAX 25 NEP 28 432 L OT
10/20/1996 Mark Brunell JAX 14 STL 17 421 L  
11/1/1964 Len Dawson KCC 49 DEN 39 435 W  
12/11/1983 Bill Kenney KCC 38 SDC 41 411 L  
11/5/2000 Elvis Grbac KCC 31 OAK 49 504 L  
10/12/2003 Trent Green KCC 40 GBP 34 400 W OT
10/25/1981 David Woodley MIA 27 DAL 28 408 L  
9/30/1984 Dan Marino MIA 36 ARZ 28 429 W  
11/4/1984 Dan Marino MIA 31 NYJ 17 422 W  
12/2/1984 Dan Marino MIA 34 OAK 45 470 L  
12/9/1984 Dan Marino MIA 35 IND 17 404 W  
9/21/1986 Dan Marino MIA 45 NYJ 51 448 L OT
11/16/1986 Dan Marino MIA 34 BUF 24 404 W  
12/14/1986 Dan Marino MIA 37 STL 31 403 W OT
10/23/1988 Dan Marino MIA 30 NYJ 44 521 L  
12/12/1988 Dan Marino MIA 38 CLE 31 404 W  
9/24/1989 Dan Marino MIA 33 NYJ 40 427 L  
9/4/1994 Dan Marino MIA 39 NEP 35 473 W  
9/25/1994 Dan Marino MIA 35 MIN 38 431 L  
10/1/1995 Dan Marino MIA 26 CIN 23 450 W  
10/24/1965 Fran Tarkenton MIN 42 SFF 41 407 W  
9/28/1969 Joe Kapp MIN 52 IND 14 449 W 7 TD Passes
12/14/1980 Tommy Kramer MIN 28 CLE 23 456 W  
9/19/1985 Tommy Kramer MIN 24 CHI 33 436 L  
11/2/1986 Tommy Kramer MIN 38 WSH 44 490 L OT
11/6/1994 Warren Moon MIN 21 NOS 20 420 W  
11/20/1994 Warren Moon MIN 21 NYJ 31 400 L  
10/5/1998 Randall Cunningham MIN 37 GBP 24 442 W  
10/17/2004 Daunte Culpepper MIN 38 NOS 31 425 W  
12/19/2004 Daunte Culpepper MIN 28 DET 27 404 W  
10/16/1964 Babe Parilli NEP 43 OAK 43 422 T  
10/12/1986 Steve Grogan NEP 24 NYJ 31 401 L  
11/29/1987 Tom Ramsey NEP 31 PHL 34 402 L OT
9/4/1994 Drew Bledsoe NEP 35 MIA 39 421 L  
11/13/1994 Drew Bledsoe NEP 26 MIN 20 426 W OT
11/3/1996 Drew Bledsoe NEP 42 MIA 23 419 W  
11/23/1998 Drew Bledsoe NEP 26 MIA 23 423 W  
9/22/2002 Tom Brady NEP 41 KCC 38 410 W OT
12/3/2000 Aaron Brooks NOS 38 DEN 23 441 W  
11/19/2006 Drew Brees NOS 16 CIN 31 510 L  
10/28/1962 Y.A. Tittle NYG 49 WSH 34 505 W 7 TD Passes
9/2/1984 Phil Simms NYG 28 PHL 27 409 W  
10/6/1985 Phil Simms NYG 29 DAL 30 432 L  
10/13/1985 Phil Simms NYG 30 CIN 35 513 L  
10/1/1967 Joe Namath NYJ 29 MIA 7 415 W  
9/24/1972 Joe Namath NYJ 44 IND 34 496 W  
12/11/1972 Joe Namath NYJ 16 OAK 24 403 L  
9/21/1980 Richard Todd NYJ 27 SFF 37 447 L  
9/25/1983 Richard Todd NYJ 27 STL 24 446 W OT
9/21/1986 Ken O'Brien NYJ 51 MIA 45 479 W OT
11/2/1986 Ken O'Brien NYJ 38 SEA 7 431 W  
9/6/1998 Glenn Foley NYJ 30 SFF 36 415 L OT
12/24/2000 Vinny Testaverde NYJ 20 BAL 34 481 L  
12/22/1963 Tom Flores OAK 52 TEN 49 407 W  
10/31/1993 Jeff Hostetler OAK 23 SDC 30 424 L  
9/15/2002 Rich Gannon OAK 30 PIT 17 403 W  
11/8/1953 Bobby Thomason PHL 30 NYG 7 437 W  
12/16/1962 Sonny Jurgensen PHL 35 ARZ 45 419 L  
9/17/1989 Randall Cunningham PHL 42 WSH 37 447 W  
10/2/1989 Randall Cunningham PHL 13 CHI 27 401 L  
12/5/2004 Donovan McNabb PHL 47 GBP 17 464 W  
12/13/1958 Bobby Layne PIT 38 ARZ 21 409 W  
11/10/2002 Tommy Maddox PIT 34 ATL 34 473 T OT
11/5/2006 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 20 DEN 31 433 L  
10/19/1980 Dan Fouts SDC 44 NYG 7 444 W  
12/11/1982 Dan Fouts SDC 41 SFF 37 444 W  
12/20/1982 Dan Fouts SDC 50 CIN 34 435 W  
10/21/1984 Dan Fouts SDC 37 OAK 44 410 L  
9/15/1985 Dan Fouts SDC 35 SEA 49 440 L  
11/10/1985 Dan Fouts SDC 40 OAK 34 436 W OT
11/28/1999 Jim Harbaugh SDC 27 MIN 35 404 L  
11/25/1984 Dave Krieg SEA 27 DEN 24 406 W  
12/18/1988 Dave Krieg SEA 43 OAK 37 410 W  
10/25/1998 Warren Moon SEA 27 SDC 20 409 W  
12/1/2002 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 24 SFF 31 427 L  
12/29/2002 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 31 SDC 28 449 W OT
12/6/2004 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 39 DAL 43 414 L  
11/21/1982 Joe Montana SFF 31 ARZ 20 408 W  
10/6/1985 Joe Montana SFF 38 ATL 17 429 W  
11/17/1986 Joe Montana SFF 6 WSH 14 441 L  
9/24/1989 Joe Montana SFF 38 PHL 28 428 W  
12/11/1989 Joe Montana SFF 30 STL 27 458 W  
10/14/1990 Joe Montana SFF 45 ATL 35 476 W  
11/4/1990 Joe Montana SFF 24 GBP 20 411 W  
9/13/1992 Steve Young SFF 31 BUF 34 403 L  
11/28/1993 Steve Young SFF 35 STL 10 462 W  
12/18/1995 Steve Young SFF 37 MIN 30 425 W  
12/5/1999 Jeff Garcia SFF 30 CIN 44 437 L  
12/17/2000 Jeff Garcia SFF 17 CHI 0 402 W  
10/10/2004 Tim Rattay SFF 31 ARZ 28 417 W OT
10/31/1948 Jim Hardy STL 22 ARZ 27 406 L  
9/28/1951 Norm Van Brocklin STL 54 XNYY 14 554 W  
10/3/1976 James Harris STL 31 MIA 28 436 W  
12/26/1982 Vince Ferragamo STL 26 CHI 34 509 L  
11/26/1989 Jim Everett STL 20 NOS 17 459 W OT
11/2/1997 Tony Banks STL 31 ATL 34 401 L  
9/4/2000 Kurt Warner STL 41 DEN 36 441 W  
11/5/2000 Trent Green STL 24 CAR 27 431 L  
11/18/2001 Kurt Warner STL 24 NEP 17 401 W  
11/29/2004 Marc Bulger STL 17 GBP 45 448 L  
1/2/2005 Marc Bulger STL 32 NYJ 29 450 W OT
10/2/2005 Marc Bulger STL 24 NYG 44 442 L  
11/16/1980 Doug Williams TBB 30 MIN 38 486 L  
10/16/1988 Vinny Testaverde TBB 31 IND 35 469 L  
10/13/1961 Jacky Lee TEN 31 NEP 31 457 T  
10/29/1961 George Blanda TEN 28 BUF 16 464 W  
11/19/1961 George Blanda TEN 49 NYJ 13 418 W 7 TD Passes
9/9/1968 Pete Beathard TEN 21 KCC 26 413 L  
12/23/1989 Warren Moon TEN 20 CLE 24 414 L  
12/16/1990 Warren Moon TEN 27 KCC 10 527 W  
11/10/1991 Warren Moon TEN 26 DAL 23 432 W OT
10/12/2003 Steve McNair TEN 38 HOU 17 421 W  
12/13/2004 Billy Volek TEN 38 KCC 49 426 L  
12/19/2004 Billy Volek TEN 35 OAK 40 492 L  
10/31/1948 Sammy Baugh WSH 59 XBOS 21 446 W  
11/17/1963 Norm Snead WSH 28 PIT 34 424 L  
11/28/1965 Sonny Jurgensen WSH 34 DAL 31 411 W  
11/26/1967 Sonny Jurgensen WSH 37 CLE 42 418 L  
10/2/1983 Joe Theismann WSH 37 OAK 35 417 W  
10/27/1986 Jay Schroeder WSH 20 NYG 27 420 L  
9/11/1988 Doug Williams WSH 30 PIT 29 430 W  
11/26/1989 Mark Rypien WSH 38 CHI 14 401 W  
11/10/1991 Mark Rypien WSH 56 ATL 17 442 W  
12/26/1999 Brad Johnson WSH 26 SFF 20 471 W OT
12/5/1948 Glenn Dobbs ZLAD 21 SFF 38 405 L  

 

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