Eli Manning Eclipses 200-TD Milestone with New York Giants
With his 13-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter of the Giants’ 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, Eli Manning reached a couple of milestones in his career:
* Manning’s touchdown pass to Nicks gave him 200 for his career and moved him ahead of Phil Simms (199 TD passes) for most touchdown passes by a New York Giants QB.
* Manning became the 33rd quarterback in NFL history to reach the 200-TD mark.
In addition, Eli became the 19th quarterback in league history to throw 200 or more touchdown passes for one team, making the Giants the 15th franchise to have at least one quarterback with 200-plus touchdown passes.
Here’s a rundown of the teams with one (or more) quarterbacks with 200-plus touchdown passes with their franchise:
3: San Francisco (Joe Montana, 244; Steve Young, 221; John Brodie , 214)
2: Indianapolis (Peyton Manning, 399; Johnny Unitas, 287)
2: San Diego (Dan Fouts, 254, John Hadl, 201)
1: Arizona (Jim Hart, 209)
1: Buffalo (Jim Kelly, 237)
1: Denver (John Elway, 300)
1: Green Bay (Brett Favre, 442)
1: Kansas City (Len Dawson, 237)
1: Miami (Dan Marino, 420)
1: Minnesota (Fran Tarkenton, 239)
1: New England (Tom Brady, 324)
1: New Orleans (Drew Brees, 232)
1: New York Giants (Eli Manning, 200)
1: Philadelphia (Donovan McNabb, 216)
1: Pittsburgh: (Terry Bradshaw, 212)
There are 14 quarterbacks who have thrown for 200-plus touchdowns in their career, but do not have 200 or more with one team. Those quarterbacks are: Warren Moon, Vinny Testaverde, Sonny Jurgensen, Drew Bledsoe, Dave Krieg, Boomer Esiason, Y.A. Tittle, George Blanda, Kerry Collins, Kurt Warner, Randall Cunningham, Jim Everett, Roman Gabriel and Matt Hasselbeck.
It’s also interesting to note that four current quarterbacks are approaching the 200-touchdown mark for their teams and will likely change the landscape of the list above in various ways. For example:
* Dallas’ Tony Romo is currently tied with Troy Aikman for most touchdown passes in Cowboys’ history with 165. Romo’s next touchdown pass will give him the franchise record. Will Romo still be in Dallas to become the first Cowboys’ quarterback to throw 200 touchdown passes?
* The Packers' Aaron Rodgers earlier this year passed Bart Starr (152) for second on the team’s list for most touchdown passes with the franchise. He now has 160 touchdown passes and could become the Pack’s second 200-touchdown quarterback next season.
* Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers has been on the sidelines for the past couple of weeks and has not added to his career number of touchdown passes, which sits at 182. He would join Terry Bradshaw as Pittsburgh’s 200-touchdown quarterbacks; that will likely happen in 2014.
* San Diego’s Philip Rivers has 181 career touchdown passes with the Chargers. He would join Fouts and Hadl with 200 when he reaches that mark (likely 2014) and would make the San Diego franchise only the second in league history to have three quarterbacks with 200-plus touchdown passes.
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