List of 500-yard passing games in the National Football League

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In the history of the National Football League (NFL), 18 different quarterbacks have passed for at least 500 yards in a single game 22 times, a feat also referred to as the "500 Club".[1][2][3][4] Norm Van Brocklin was the first to do so in 1951, whose performance remains the league record for most passing yards in a game with 554.[5] Only three quarterbacks have ever thrown for over 500 more than once in their career; Drew Brees and Tom Brady did so twice and Ben Roethlisberger did so three times.[6] Brady is the only quarterback to have thrown for over 500 in a postseason game, doing so in Super Bowl LII.[7] Quarterbacks throwing for 500 yards have amassed 13 wins and 9 losses by doing so, with 12 of the 22 total games occurring in the 2010s.

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No. = Number; Comp. = Completions; Att. = Attempts; TDs = Touchdowns; INTs = Interceptions; Rtg = Passer rating

No. Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs QBR Ref.
1 Norm Van Brocklin September 28, 1951 Los Angeles Rams New York Yanks W 54–14 27 41 554 5 2 128.3 [5]
2 Y. A. Tittle October 28, 1962 New York Giants Washington Redskins W 49–34 27 39 505 7 0 151.4 [8]
3 Vince Ferragamo December 26, 1982 Los Angeles Rams Chicago Bears L 34–26 30 46 509 3 2 106.2 [9]
4 Phil Simms October 13, 1985 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals L 35–30 40 62 513 1 2 82.3 [10]
5 Dan Marino October 23, 1988 Miami Dolphins New York Jets L 44–30 35 60 521 3 5 68.8 [11]
6 Warren Moon December 16, 1990 Houston Oilers Kansas City Chiefs W 27–10 27 45 527 3 0 123.1 [12]
7 Boomer Esiason November 10, 1996 Arizona Cardinals Washington Redskins W 37–34 (OT) 35 59 522 3 4 77.1 [13]
8 Elvis Grbac November 5, 2000 Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders L 49–31 39 53 504 2 2 99.9 [14]
9 Drew Brees November 19, 2006 New Orleans Saints Cincinnati Bengals L 31–16 37 52 510 2 3 91.0 [3]
10 Ben Roethlisberger December 20, 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Packers W 37–36 29 46 503 3 0 121.9 [6]
11 Tom Brady September 12, 2011 New England Patriots Miami Dolphins W 38–24 32 48 517 4 1 121.6 [3]
12 Matthew Stafford January 1, 2012 Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers L 41–45 36 59 520 5 2 103.8 [3]
13 Eli Manning September 16, 2012 New York Giants Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 41–34 31 51 510 3 3 89.5 [15]
14 Matt Schaub November 18, 2012 Houston Texans Jacksonville Jaguars W 43–37 (OT) 43 55 527 5 2 121.7 [16]
15 Tony Romo October 6, 2013 Dallas Cowboys Denver Broncos L 51–48 25 36 506 5 1 140.0 [17]
16 Ben Roethlisberger October 26, 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Indianapolis Colts W 51–34 40 49 522 6 0 150.6 [6]
17 Philip Rivers October 18, 2015 San Diego Chargers Green Bay Packers L 20–27 43 65 503 2 0 99.7 [18]
18 Drew Brees November 1, 2015 New Orleans Saints New York Giants W 52–49 39 50 505 7 2 131.7 [19]
19 Matt Ryan October 2, 2016 Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers W 48–33 28 37 503 4 1 142.0 [20]
20 Derek Carr October 30, 2016 Oakland Raiders Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–24 (OT) 40 59 513 4 0 117.4 [21]
21 Ben Roethlisberger December 10, 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens W 39–38 44 66 506 2 0 99.7 [6]
22 Tom Brady February 4, 2018 New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles L 33–41 28 48 505 3 0 115.4 [7]
No. Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs QBR Ref.

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "List of quarterbacks to throw over 500 yards". Reuters. February 5, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "The NFL's 500-Yard Passers". Sports Illustrated. October 7, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "500 Club". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Battista, Judy (September 27, 2011). "Still the Biggest Passing Day". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Ben Roethlisberger becomes first QB with three 500-yard games". ESPN.com. December 11, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Brady takes his 3rd Super Bowl loss, despite 500-yard game". USA Today. Associated Press. February 5, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tittle's Aerials Rip Skins". The Milwaukee Sentinel. United Press. October 29, 1962. p. 3. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Rapoport, Ron (December 28, 1982). "Ferragamo record show wasted". The Morning News. p. 27. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Dodd, Mike (October 14, 1985). "Defense Makes Big Plays, Overcomes Simms' Big Day". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 19. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Marino's 521 Passing Yards Not Enough as Dolphins Lose". The Atlanta Constitution. Associated Press. October 24, 1988. p. 41. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Oilers' Moon Is Shining With Pride". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. December 17, 1990. p. 141. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Esiason revives status with 522-yard showing". The Daily Times. Associated Press. November 12, 1996. p. 11. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Raiders overcome Grbac's 500 yards". Detroit Free Press. November 6, 2000. p. 41. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ Worthington, Dan. "Just the Facts: A closer look at Eli Manning's first 500-yard game". NJ.com. The Star Ledger. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  16. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Matt Schaub's passing keys Houston Texans' OT win". NFL.com. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  17. ^ Wilson, Ryan. "Cowboys QB Tony Romo throws for 506 yards in loss to Broncos". CBS Sports. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  18. ^ Williams, Eric D. (October 19, 2015). "Philip Rivers throws for more than 500 yards in loss to Packers". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures, LLC. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Orr, Conor (November 1, 2015). "Drew Brees ties single-game record with 7 TD passes". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  20. ^ RotoWire Staff (October 3, 2016). "Falcons' Matt Ryan: Throws for career-high 503 yards in rousing victory". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  21. ^ RotoWire Staff (October 31, 2016). "Raiders' Derek Carr: Surpasses 500 yards in overtime victory". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 22, 2018.