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In the National Football League, the highest official passer rating that a quarterback can achieve is 158.3, which is considered a perfect passer rating. Thirty-five different quarterbacks have had a "perfect game" since the advent of passer ratings in 1973.[1] Four games have occurred in the post-season. Seven men have achieved the feat more than once: Peyton Manning has thrown four, Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner have thrown three, and Craig Morton, Dave Krieg, Ken O'Brien, and Tom Brady have two. Of these, only Roethlisberger has had more than one in a single regular season, when he had two perfect ratings in 2007. Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, James Harris, Bob Lee, Craig Morton, and Eli Manning had at least one game with a perfect passer rating and at least one game with a passer rating of zero, the lowest possible passer rating. The 1989 season was the only season in which two different QBs threw a perfect game for the same team, the San Francisco 49ers, accomplished by Steve Young (week 7) and Joe Montana (week 10). To qualify, a QB must attempt at least 10 passes, a minimum of a 77.5% completion percentage, 11.875% touchdown passes percentage, a minimum of 12.5 yards per attempt, and zero interceptions. This is a list-in-progress of NFL perfect games (list complete back to 1960):

ListEdit

Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result CMP ATT YDS TDS Notes
Ray Mallouf[2] 01948-10-17 17, 1948 Chicago Cardinals @New York Giants W 63–35 14 18 252 4
Sammy Baugh[3] 01949-10-16 16, 1949 Washington Redskins New York Bulldogs W 38–14 16 20 254 4
Len Dawson[4] 01963-09-07 7, 1963 Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos W 59–7 12 15 278 4
Y.A. Tittle[5] 01963-11-10 10, 1963 New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles W 42–14 16 20 261 3
Frank Ryan[6] 01964-12-12 12, 1964 Cleveland Browns New York Giants W 52–20 12 13 202 5
Sonny Jurgensen[7] 01965-10-24 24, 1965 Washington Redskins @St. Louis Cardinals W 24–20 12 14 195 3
Joe Namath[8] 01967-10-22 22, 1967 New York Jets @Miami Dolphins W 33–14 13 15 199 2
Johnny Unitas[9] 01967-11-12 12, 1967 Baltimore Colts Atlanta Falcons W 49–7 17 20 370 4
Don Meredith[10] 01967-12-12 12, 1967 Dallas Cowboys Cleveland Browns W 52–14 10 12 212 2 NFL Divisional
Craig Morton[11] 01969-10-05 5, 1969 Dallas Cowboys @Philadelphia Eagles W 38–7 14 18 261 3
Fran Tarkenton[12] 01970-10-25 25, 1970 New York Giants St. Louis Cardinals W 35–17 15 18 280 5
Daryle Lamonica[13] 01972-09-17 17, 1972 Oakland Raiders @Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–28 8 10 172 2 Did not start game
Dick Shiner[14] 01973-09-16 16, 1973 Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints W 62–7 13 15 227 3 Had an unofficial 0.0 game (9 attempts) the following week
Bob Lee[15] 01973-10-14 14, 1973 Atlanta Falcons Chicago Bears W 46–6 11 13 181 2 Had a 0.0 game later that season
James Harris[16] 01974-10-20 20, 1974 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers W 37–14 12 15 276 3
Ken Anderson[17] 01974-11-03 3, 1974 Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore Colts W 24–14 17 21 297 3
Jim Hart[18] 01975-11-23 23, 1975 St. Louis Cardinals New York Jets W 37–6 11 13 242 2
Dan Fouts[19] 01976-09-26 26, 1976 San Diego Chargers St. Louis Cardinals W 43–24 15 18 259 4
Scott Hunter[20] 01976-10-31 31, 1976 Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints W 23–20 10 11 138 2
Terry Bradshaw[21] 01976-12-19 19, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Colts W 40–14 14 18 264 3 AFC Divisional
Steve Grogan[22] 01978-10-29 29, 1978 New England Patriots New York Jets W 55–21 15 19 281 4
Brian Sipe[23] 01978-10-29 29, 1978 Cleveland Browns Buffalo Bills W 41–20 12 15 217 3
Bob Griese[24] 01978-12-18 18, 1978 Miami Dolphins New England Patriots W 23–3 12 13 171 2 Monday Night Football
Vince Evans[25] 01980-12-07 7, 1980 Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers W 61–7 18 22 316 3
Craig Morton (2)[26] 01981-09-27 27, 1981 Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers W 42–24 17 18 308 4
Dave Krieg[27] 01983-12-24 24, 1983 Seattle Seahawks Denver Broncos W 31–7 12 13 200 3 AFC Wild Card
Steve Bartkowski[28] 01984-09-23 23, 1984 Atlanta Falcons Houston Oilers W 42–10 11 13 195 3
Ken O'Brien[29] 01986-11-02 2, 1986 New York Jets Seattle Seahawks W 38–7 26 32 431 4 Only 400 yard game with a perfect rating
Steve Young[30] 01989-10-22 22, 1989 San Francisco 49ers New England Patriots W 37–20 11 12 188 3
Joe Montana[31] 01989-11-12 12, 1989 San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons W 45–3 16 19 270 3
Ken O'Brien (2)[32] 01990-12-23 23, 1990 New York Jets New England Patriots W 42–7 11 12 210 2
Rich Gannon[33] 01992-10-15 15, 1992 Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions W 31–14 8 10 146 2
Bobby Hebert[34] 01993-09-12 12, 1993 Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints L 34–31 14 18 243 3 1st known QB to start and lose game w/perfect rating
Mike Buck[35] 01993-10-17 17, 1993 New Orleans Saints Pittsburgh Steelers L 37–14 10 11 164 2 Did not start game
Drew Bledsoe[36] 01993-12-26 26, 1993 New England Patriots Indianapolis Colts W 38–0 9 11 143 2 Rookie season
Craig Erickson[37] 01994-09-11 11, 1994 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Indianapolis Colts W 24–10 19 24 313 3
Dave Krieg (2)[38] 01994-11-24 24, 1994 Detroit Lions Buffalo Bills W 35–21 20 25 351 3
Chris Chandler[39] 01995-09-25 25, 1995 Houston Oilers Cincinnati Bengals W 38–28 23 26 352 4
Jeff Blake[40] 01995-10-19 19, 1995 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–9 18 22 275 3
Kurt Warner[41] 01999-10-23 23, 1999 St. Louis Rams Cincinnati Bengals W 38–10 17 21 310 3
Kurt Warner (2)[42] 02000-10-01 1, 2000 St. Louis Rams San Diego Chargers W 57–31 24 30 390 4
Peyton Manning[43] 02000-10-22 22, 2000 Indianapolis Colts New England Patriots W 30–23 16 20 268 3
Doug Flutie[44] 02000-12-24 24, 2000 Buffalo Bills Seattle Seahawks W 42–23 20 25 366 3
Peyton Manning (2)[45] 02002-11-10 10, 2002 Indianapolis Colts Philadelphia Eagles W 35–13 18 23 319 3
Kerry Collins[46] 02002-12-22 22, 2002 New York Giants Indianapolis Colts W 44–27 23 29 366 4
Peyton Manning (3)[47] 02003-09-28 28, 2003 Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints W 55–21 20 25 314 6
Chad Pennington[48] 02003-11-16 16, 2003 New York Jets Indianapolis Colts L 38–31 11 14 219 3 2nd known QB to start and lose w/perfect rating
Trent Green[49] 02003-12-14 14, 2003 Kansas City Chiefs Detroit Lions W 45–17 20 25 341 3
Peyton Manning (4)[50] 02004-01-04 4, 2004 Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos W 41–10 22 26 377 5 AFC Wild Card
Ben Roethlisberger[51] 02005-09-11 11, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans W 34–7 9 11 218 2
Donovan McNabb[52] 02007-09-23 23, 2007 Philadelphia Eagles Detroit Lions W 56–21 21 26 381 4
Tom Brady[53] 02007-10-21 21, 2007 New England Patriots Miami Dolphins W 49–28 21 25 354 6
Ben Roethlisberger (2)[54] 02007-11-05 5, 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens W 38–7 13 16 209 5 Monday Night Football
Ben Roethlisberger (3)[55] 02007-12-20 20, 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers St. Louis Rams W 41–24 16 20 261 3 2nd perfect game in the 2007 season
Kurt Warner (3)[56] 02008-09-14 14, 2008 Arizona Cardinals Miami Dolphins W 31–10 19 24 361 3
Eli Manning[57] 02009-10-11 11, 2009 New York Giants Oakland Raiders W 44–7 8 10 173 2 Left game before half-time
Drew Brees[58] 02009-11-30 30, 2009 New Orleans Saints New England Patriots W 38–17 18 23 371 5 Monday Night Football
Tom Brady (2)[59] 02010-11-25 25, 2010 New England Patriots @Detroit Lions W 45–24 21 27 341 4 Thanksgiving Classic

Frequency of a perfect gameEdit

Games with a perfect passer rating are rare in the NFL. Before the start of the 2010 NFL season, there have been 14,633 regular season games played and 467 postseason games,[60][61] meaning that NFL passers have had over 30,000 opportunities to reach the perfect rating milestone. Of the rare number of times this has happened, only Ken O'Brien has achieved it in a 400 yard game, another rare performance for an NFL QB. However, with the league's increasing passing efficiency, these performances are starting to become more common in recent decades.

Decade Perfect Games
1940s 2
1950s 0
1960s 8
1970s 13
1980s 7
1990s 10
2000s 17
2010s 1

Perfect games have been thrown by two quarterbacks on the same day only once: October 29, 1978, when both Steve Grogan of the New England Patriots and Brian Sipe of the Cleveland Browns achieved the feat.

StatisticsEdit

Only two quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with 30-or-more attempts. Ken O'Brien threw 26-for-32 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 81%, while Kurt Warner threw 24-for-30 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 80%. Dave Krieg and Frank Ryan share the record for completion rate in a perfect game; both threw 12-for-13 for 92%.

Only two quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with six touchdowns thrown. Peyton Manning was the first to achieve the record on 28 Sept 2003 against the New Orleans Saints, while Tom Brady matched the feat on 21 Oct 2007 against the Miami Dolphins. Thirteen quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect game with only two touchdowns thrown. It is impossible to achieve a perfect game with only one touchdown because of the 10 passing attempt minimum to qualify, combined with the minimum 11.875% touchdown-to-attempted-pass ratio.

Only one quarterback has accomplished a perfect passer rating with more than 400 passing yards. Ken O'Brien threw for 431 yards on 2 Nov 1986 against the Seattle Seahawks. Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect game with fewer than 150 passing yards. Scott Hunter threw for 138 yards on 31 Oct 1976 against the New Orleans Saints, Drew Bledsoe threw for 143 yards on 26 Dec 1993 against the Indianapolis Colts, and Rich Gannon threw for 146 yards on 15 Oct 1992 against the Detroit Lions.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The quarterback calculation: Passing statistics", The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  2. "Ray Mallouf's Career Big Games", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. "Sammy Baugh Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. "Len Dawson Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. "Y.A. Tittle Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  6. "Cleveland Browns at New York Giants – December 12th, 1964", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  7. "Sonny Jurgensen Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  8. "Joe Namath Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  9. "Johnny Unitas Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  10. "Don Meredith Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  11. "Craig Morton Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  12. "Fran Tarkenton: Game Logs", NFL.com
  13. "Daryle Lamonica Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  14. "Dick Shiner: Game Logs", NFL.com
  15. "Bob Lee: Game Logs", NFL.com
  16. "James Harris: Game Logs", NFL.com
  17. "Ken Anderson: Game Logs", NFL.com
  18. "Jim Hart: Game Logs", NFL.com
  19. "Dan Fouts: Game Logs", NFL.com
  20. "Scott Hunter: Game Logs", NFL.com
  21. "Terry Bradshaw: Game Logs", NFL.com
  22. "Steve Grogan: Game Logs", NFL.com
  23. "Brian Sipe: Game Logs", NFL.com
  24. "Bob Griese: Game Logs", NFL.com
  25. "Vince Evans: Game Logs", NFL.com
  26. "Craig Morton: Game Logs", NFL.com
  27. "Dave Krieg: Game Logs", NFL.com
  28. "Steve Bartkowski: Game Logs", NFL.com
  29. "Ken O'Brien: Game Logs", NFL.com
  30. "Steve Young: Game Logs", NFL.com
  31. "Joe Montana: Game Logs", NFL.com
  32. "Ken O'Brien: Game Logs", NFL.com
  33. "Rich Gannon: Game Logs", NFL.com
  34. "Bobby Hebert: Game Logs", NFL.com
  35. "Mike Buck: Game Logs", NFL.com
  36. "Drew Bledsoe: Game Logs", NFL.com
  37. "Craig Erickson: Game Logs", NFL.com
  38. "Dave Krieg: Game Logs", NFL.com
  39. "Chris Chandler: Game Logs", NFL.com
  40. "Jeff Blake: Game Logs", NFL.com
  41. "Kurt Warner: Game Logs", NFL.com
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  54. "Steelers click on both sides of ball, dominate Ravens at home", ESPN.com
  55. "Davenport replaces injured Parker, rushes Steelers to victory", ESPN.com
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  60. Number of NFL games
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