The 10 Most Unbreakable Records in NFL History

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The 10 Most Unbreakable Records in NFL History
Johnny Unitas threw a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games, but Drew Brees is at 43 entering 2012. Source: Operation Motivation

Records are made to be broken. Some just take more effort than others.

Fans love records, and they love to watch the pursuit that takes place. But it is important to understand the context behind them, why certain people own certain records and the degree of difficulty associated with them.

Some records have an incomplete past, such as sacks only being officially recorded since 1982. Some have a sordid history of inconsistency. Do not even get Captain Comeback started on fourth-quarter comebacks. Some records walk the line on whether or not to include the postseason. Some are rate stats with specific requirements in order to qualify.

As we get closer to the 2012 season, there are a few notable records that could be broken in the first month of the season alone.

Drew Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 43 consecutive games (regular season). The record is still held by Johnny Unitas, who did it in 47 consecutive games for the Baltimore Colts from 1956 to 1960. Including the postseason, Brees has already tied Unitas at 49 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

It is one of the most famous records in NFL history, equivalent to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, but it did not even crack my top 10 due to Brees being so close. If you are a Unitas fan, you can always root for Brees to have a slow start. That is assuming the Saints pay up, and he plays this year.

The first time Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos to a victory via an offensive scoring drive while trailing in the fourth quarter, it will be the 36th such win of his career. That will tie Dan Marino for the most in NFL history, and this is what you call the record for fourth-quarter comeback wins.  Expect to hear more on that one this year.

For now, soak in the 10 records unlikely to be broken in our lifetime.

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