Hello, I'm David Funk, and welcome to another edition of FSD History Flashback for Nov. 12. Today's FSD History Flashback is about one man passing his way into the history books in the NFL.
On Nov. 12, 1995, the Miami Dolphins hosted the New England Patriots. The Dolphins were coming off a win against the San Diego Chargers while the Patriots just beat the Jets.
Going into the game, Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino needed only 38 passing yards to go past Fran Tarkenton's record of 47,003. And it didn't take long for Marino to set the record.
Marino threw a nine-yard pass to Irving Fryar in the first quarter to set the record. There was a stoppage in play, but it was mostly an unforgettable game for the Dolphins from there on out.
"It's nice to know you're the only guy that has that many yards as a quarterback," said Marino later on. "It's a good feeling and I was glad to get it over with and to let the fans appreciate it. But the unfortunate thing is you want to win the games when you break a record."
Marino did connect with a 31-yard pass to Bernie Parmalee in the second quarter as they tied the game 7-7. The teams then traded field goals, and went into halftime in a 10-10 tie.
Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw a 47-yard pass to Vincent Brisby to give New England the lead.
Marino answered with a 20-yard pass of his own to O.J. McDuffie to tie the game. But that would be all the scoring for the Dolphins on this afternoon.
Tight end Ben Coates caught an eight-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, running back Curtis Martin scored his second rushing touchdown of the game as the Patriots pulled away from the Dolphins in Miami. The Patriots won 34-17.
Marino threw for 333 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions before giving way to Bernie Kosar. Marino ended up with 47,299 career passing yards at the game's conclusion.
Two weeks later, Marino threw his 342nd touchdown pass, which broke Tarkenton's mark, against the Indianapolis Colts.
This ended up being the last season that Marino would make the Pro Bowl. The Dolphins finished with a 9-5 record as Marino threw for 3,668 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions on the season.
Marino is currently second on both lists after recently being passed by Brett Favre. Nonetheless, Marino threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns while being a nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Marino is seen regularly these days as a commentator for CBS's NFL Today Show. Formerly, he was the Senior Vice President of Football Operations for the Dolphins, but resigned three weeks later because it wasn't in the best interest for him or his family.
Even though many of his records have been broken, Marino is still one of the greatest to play the quarterback position in NFL history. His quick release of passing the ball was legendary, and was the key to his overwhelming success in the National Football League.
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