With the lofty passing standards that have been set recently, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Bert Jones' 1976 season was unspectacular.
At the time, though, his performance was almost unprecedented.
Jones became one of just three post-merger quarterbacks to earn a passer rating of over 100 for a single season, joining Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler. That accolade, as well as a league-leading 3,104 passing yards, helped Jones earn first-team All-Pro and NFL MVP honors.
His 9.27 adjusted yards-per-pass attempt was the second-highest mark of all time behind only Staubach and still ranks him among the top 10 of all time.
It was not the best performance of the season, but Jones led a remarkable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals' top-10 defense after trailing by 10 points in the second quarter.
He threw a touchdown to give the Colts a third-quarter lead and drove them down the field for the go-ahead game-winning score in the fourth quarter. He also completed 73.9 percent of his passes and compiled a 127.1 passer rating against a New England Patriots defense that ranked 10th in defensive passer rating.
Passing dominance is not limited to the modern era.