A look at the historic Sunday performances of Mahomes, Carr, and Fitzpatrick

Yesterday Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick all put on historic performances passing the ball. This article will take a look into the context of what these three men did yesterday by using Pro Football Reference.

Mahomes

Mahomes put on a passing clinic in his team’s week two win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, having only the 39th game in NFL history with at least six passing touchdowns. In addition to being the youngest quarterback to achieve this, he was also only the second Chief to do so.

Hall of Famer Len Dawson threw six touchdowns in a game for the team back in 1964. Finally, Mahomes became only the sixth quarterback to have at least a 150 QB rating in a six-touchdown game.

Name Year When Score QB Rating Comp Att Comp% Yards TD Int
Y.A. Tittle 1962 Week 7 Win: NYG 49 – WAS 34 151.4 27 39 69.23 505 7 0
Peyton Manning 2003 Week 4 Win: IND 55 – NO 21 158.3 20 25 80.0 314 6 0
Tom Brady 2007 Week 7 Win: NE 49 – MIA 28 158.3 21 25 84.0 354 6 0
Tom Brady 2009 Week 6 Win: NE 59 – TEN 0 152.8 29 34 85.29 380 6 0
Nick Foles 2013 Week 9 Win: PHI 49 – OAK 20 158.3 22 28 78.57 406 7 0
Ben Roethlisberger 2014 Week 8 Win: PIT 51 – IND 34 150.6 40 49 81.63 522 6 0
Patrick Mahomes 2018 Week 2 Win: KC 42 – PIT 37 154.8 23 28 82.14 326 6 0

Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick carried over his magical week one performance into week two of the season, leading the Buccaneers to a 27-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. In the last two games, he has had the 96th and 97th games in NFL history having at least 400 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. (Kirk Cousins had the 98th such game yesterday).

Fitzpatrick also became only the third quarterback to do so in back-to-back games, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino and Billy Volek. He also became only the third quarterback to throw four or more touchdowns in each of his team’s first two games, joining Drew Bledsoe and Patrick Mahomes.

Quarterbacks with 400 yards and 4 TDs in multiple games over one season

Name Year When
George Blanda 1961 Week 8 and 11
Dan Marino 1984 Week 14 and 15
Dan Fouts 1985 Week 2 and 10
Dan Marino 1986 Week 3, 11 and 15
Ken O’ Brien 1986 Week 3 and 9
Billy Volek 2004 Week 14 and 15
Peyton Manning 2013 Week 13 and 16
Drew Brees 2016 Week 1 and 6
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2018 Week 1 and 2

Carr

Meanwhile, in the afternoon slot of game Carr put on one of the most accurate passing displays in NFL history. He put up only the 27th game in NFL history where a quarterback completed at least 90% of their passes (minimum 10 completions).

Carr also had only the ninth game ever in which a quarterback threw at least 20 passes and still completed at least 90% of them. In fact, he became the first to ever throw at least 30 passes and do so. However, Carr also became the first quarterback to complete at least 88.5% of his passes (minimum 14 attempts) and lose the game.

Name Year When Score QB Rating Comp Att Comp % Yards TD Int
Ken Anderson 1971 Week 9 Win: CIN 17 – PIT 10 109.7 20 22 90.9 227 0 0
Lynn Dickey 1981 Week 15 Win: GB 35 – NO 7 149.5 19 21 90.5 218 5 0
Steve Young 1991 Week 8 Win: SF 35 – DET 3 149.4 18 20 90.0 237 2 0
Vinny Testaverde 1993 Week 17 Win: CLE 42 – STL 14 134.8 21 23 91.3 216 2 0
Tom Brady 2008 Divisional Round Win: NE 31 – JAX 20 141.4 26 28 92.9 262 3 0
Kurt Warner 2009 Week 2 Win: ARZ 35 – JAX 17 131.2 24 26 92.3 243 2 0
Philip Rivers 2012 Week 9 Win: SD 31 – KC 13 125 18 20 90.0 220 2 1
Tony Romo 2014 Week 16 Win: DAL 42 – IND 7 151.7 18 20 90.0 218 4 0
Derek Carr 2018 Week 2 Loss: DEN 20 – OAK 19 114.7 29 32 90.6 289 1 0

Notes and Info:

Featured Image: “A football on a field” by U.S. Department of Agriculture is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pro Football Reference Source for Mahomes info

Pro Football Reference Source for Fitzpatrick info 

Pro Football Reference Source for Carr info

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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