List of NFL quarterbacks who have posted a perfect passer rating

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In the National Football League (NFL), the highest official passer rating that a quarterback can achieve is 158.3, which is considered a perfect passer rating. To qualify, a quarterback must attempt at least 10 passes, have zero interceptions, and have minimums of a 77.5% completion percentage, 11.88% touchdown passes percentage, and 12.5 yards per attempt. The passer rating was developed in 1971.[1][2]

Applying the formula to pre and post-1971 quarterbacks, as of November 2018, there have been 60 different players, on 72 occasions, who have achieved a perfect passer rating. Four of these ratings have occurred in the post-season. Seven quarterbacks have achieved the feat more than once: Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning have four; Kurt Warner has three; and Craig Morton, Dave Krieg, Ken O'Brien, and Tom Brady have two.

Ben Roethlisberger is the only quarterback with multiple perfect ratings in a single regular season, when he achieved the feat twice in 2007. The San Francisco 49ers had two different quarterbacks achieve a perfect rating in the same season, with Steve Young (week 7) and Joe Montana (week 10) both earning perfect ratings. Peyton Manning had one perfect rating in the 2003 regular season and one in the post-season.

Drew Bledsoe, Robert Griffin III, and Marcus Mariota are the only quarterbacks to achieve a perfect passer rating in their rookie seasons, with Mariota being the only quarterback to post one in his NFL debut.

Four of these performances were in a losing cause, though Chad Pennington is the only quarterback to play from start to finish and earn both a loss and a perfect rating. Twelve quarterbacks have had a perfect 158.3 passer rating and also earned a 0.0 (lowest) passer rating during their careers: Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, James Harris, Bob Lee, Craig Morton, Dan Fouts, Eli Manning, and Peyton Manning.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the latest person to achieve a perfect passer rating.[3]

List[edit]

# Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs
1 Ray Mallouf[4] October 17, 1948 Chicago Cardinals New York Giants W 63–35 14 18 252 4
2 Sammy Baugh[5] October 16, 1949 Washington Redskins New York Bulldogs W 38–14 16 20 254 4
3 Otto Graham[6] October 10, 1954 Cleveland Browns Chicago Cardinals W 31–7 14 18 266 3
4 George Ratterman[7] November 7, 1954 Cleveland Browns Washington Redskins W 62–3 10 11 208 3
5 Milt Plum[8] October 5, 1958 Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–12 13 14 197 2
6 M.C. Reynolds[9] December 6, 1959 Chicago Cardinals Detroit Lions L 45–21 8 10 170 2
7 Len Dawson[10] September 7, 1963 Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos W 59–7 12 15 278 4
8 Y.A. Tittle[11] November 10, 1963 New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles W 42–14 16 20 261 3
9 Frank Ryan[12] December 12, 1964 Cleveland Browns New York Giants W 52–20 12 13 202 5
10 Sonny Jurgensen[13] October 24, 1965 Washington Redskins St. Louis Cardinals W 24–20 12 14 195 3
11 Joe Namath[14] October 22, 1967 New York Jets Miami Dolphins W 33–14 13 15 199 2
12 Johnny Unitas[15] November 12, 1967 Baltimore Colts Atlanta Falcons W 49–7 17 20 370 4
13 Don Meredith[16] December 24, 1967 Dallas Cowboys Cleveland Browns W 52–14 10 12 212 2
14 Craig Morton (1)[17] October 5, 1969 Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles W 38–7 14 18 261 3
15 Fran Tarkenton[18] October 25, 1970 New York Giants St. Louis Cardinals W 35–17 15 18 280 5
16 Daryle Lamonica[19] September 17, 1972 Oakland Raiders Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–28 8 10 172 2
17 Dick Shiner[20] September 16, 1973 Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints W 62–7 13 15 227 3
18 Bob Lee[21] October 14, 1973 Atlanta Falcons Chicago Bears W 46–6 11 13 181 2
19 James Harris[22] October 20, 1974 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers W 37–14 12 15 276 3
20 Ken Anderson[23] November 3, 1974 Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore Colts W 24–14 17 21 297 3
21 Jim Hart[24] November 23, 1975 St. Louis Cardinals New York Jets W 37–6 11 13 242 2
22 Dan Fouts[25] September 26, 1976 San Diego Chargers St. Louis Cardinals W 43–24 15 18 259 4
23 Scott Hunter[26] October 31, 1976 Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints W 23–20 10 11 138 2
24 Terry Bradshaw[27] December 19, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Colts W 40–14 14 18 264 3
25 Steve Grogan[28] October 29, 1978 New England Patriots New York Jets W 55–21 15 19 281 4
26 Brian Sipe[29] October 29, 1978 Cleveland Browns Buffalo Bills W 41–20 12 15 217 3
27 Bob Griese[30] December 18, 1978 Miami Dolphins New England Patriots W 23–3 12 13 171 2
28 Vince Evans[31] December 7, 1980 Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers W 61–7 18 22 316 3
29 Craig Morton (2)[32] September 27, 1981 Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers W 42–24 17 18 308 4
30 Dave Krieg (1)[33] December 24, 1983 Seattle Seahawks Denver Broncos W 31–7 12 13 200 3
31 Steve Bartkowski[34] September 23, 1984 Atlanta Falcons Houston Oilers W 42–10 11 13 195 3
32 Ken O'Brien (1)[35] November 2, 1986 New York Jets Seattle Seahawks W 38–7 26 32 431 4
33 Steve Young[36] October 22, 1989 San Francisco 49ers New England Patriots W 37–20 11 12 188 3
34 Joe Montana[37] November 12, 1989 San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons W 45–3 16 19 270 3
35 Ken O'Brien (2)[38] December 23, 1990 New York Jets New England Patriots W 42–7 11 12 210 2
36 Rich Gannon[39] October 15, 1992 Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions W 31–14 8 10 146 2
37 Bobby Hebert[40] September 12, 1993 Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints L 34–31 14 18 243 3
38 Mike Buck[41] October 17, 1993 New Orleans Saints Pittsburgh Steelers L 37–14 10 11 164 2
39 Drew Bledsoe[42] December 26, 1993 New England Patriots Indianapolis Colts W 38–0 9 11 143 2
40 Craig Erickson[43] September 11, 1994 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Indianapolis Colts W 24–10 19 24 313 3
41 Dave Krieg (2)[44] November 24, 1994 Detroit Lions Buffalo Bills W 35–21 20 25 351 3
42 Chris Chandler[45] September 25, 1995 Houston Oilers Cincinnati Bengals W 38–28 23 26 352 4
43 Jeff Blake[46] October 19, 1995 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–9 18 22 275 3
44 Kurt Warner (1)[47] October 3, 1999 St. Louis Rams Cincinnati Bengals W 38–10 17 21 310 3
45 Kurt Warner (2)[48] October 1, 2000 St. Louis Rams San Diego Chargers W 57–31 24 30 390 4
46 Peyton Manning (1)[49] October 22, 2000 Indianapolis Colts New England Patriots W 30–23 16 20 268 3
47 Doug Flutie[50] December 24, 2000 Buffalo Bills Seattle Seahawks W 42–23 20 25 366 3
48 Peyton Manning (2)[51] November 10, 2002 Indianapolis Colts Philadelphia Eagles W 35–13 18 23 319 3
49 Kerry Collins[52] December 22, 2002 New York Giants Indianapolis Colts W 44–27 23 29 366 4
50 Peyton Manning (3)[53] September 28, 2003 Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints W 55–21 20 25 314 6
51 Chad Pennington[54] November 16, 2003 New York Jets Indianapolis Colts L 38–31 11 14 219 3
52 Trent Green[55] December 14, 2003 Kansas City Chiefs Detroit Lions W 45–17 20 25 341 3
53 Peyton Manning (4)[56] January 4, 2004 Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos W 41–10 22 26 377 5
54 Ben Roethlisberger (1)[57] September 11, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans W 34–7 9 11 218 2
55 Donovan McNabb[58] September 23, 2007 Philadelphia Eagles Detroit Lions W 56–21 21 26 381 4
56 Tom Brady (1)[59] October 21, 2007 New England Patriots Miami Dolphins W 49–28 21 25 354 6
57 Ben Roethlisberger (2)[60] November 5, 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens W 38–7 13 16 209 5
58 Ben Roethlisberger (3)[61] December 20, 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers St. Louis Rams W 41–24 16 20 261 3
59 Kurt Warner (3)[62] September 14, 2008 Arizona Cardinals Miami Dolphins W 31–10 19 24 361 3
60 Eli Manning[63] October 11, 2009 New York Giants Oakland Raiders W 44–7 8 10 173 2
61 Drew Brees[64] November 30, 2009 New Orleans Saints New England Patriots W 38–17 18 23 371 5
62 Tom Brady (2)[65] November 25, 2010 New England Patriots Detroit Lions W 45–24 21 27 341 4
63 Robert Griffin III[66] November 18, 2012 Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles W 31–6 14 15 200 4
64 Nick Foles[67] November 3, 2013 Philadelphia Eagles Oakland Raiders W 49–20 22 28 406 7
65 Alex Smith[68] December 15, 2013 Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders W 56–31 17 20 287 5
66 Geno Smith[69] December 28, 2014 New York Jets Miami Dolphins W 37–24 20 25 358 3
67 Marcus Mariota[70] September 13, 2015 Tennessee Titans Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 42–14 13 16 209 4
68 Ryan Tannehill[71] October 25, 2015 Miami Dolphins Houston Texans W 44–26 18 19 282 4
69 Kirk Cousins[72] November 15, 2015 Washington Redskins New Orleans Saints W 47–14 20 25 324 4
70 Jared Goff[73] September 27, 2018 Los Angeles Rams Minnesota Vikings W 38–31 26 33 465 5
71 Russell Wilson[74] October 28, 2018 Seattle Seahawks Detroit Lions W 28–14 14 17 248 3
72 Ben Roethlisberger (4)[75] November 8, 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers Carolina Panthers W 52–21 22 25 328 5
# Quarterback Date Team Opponent Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs

Statistics[edit]

Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with 30 or more attempts. Ken O'Brien threw 26-for-32 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 81%, while Kurt Warner threw 24 of 30 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 80% and Jared Goff threw 26 of 33 in his perfect game for a completion rate of 78.8%. Ryan Tannehill holds the record for completion rate in a perfect game, throwing 18 of 19 for 94.7% in his 2015 perfect game. Chris Chandler has the best rate for a game with at least 20 pass attempts (23 of 26) for 88% completed in his 1995 perfect game.

Only Nick Foles has accomplished a perfect passer rating with seven touchdowns thrown. Two quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with six touchdowns thrown: Peyton Manning was the first to achieve the record on September 28, 2003 against the New Orleans Saints, while Tom Brady matched the feat on October 21, 2007 against the Miami Dolphins. Thirteen quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect game with only two touchdowns thrown. It is impossible to achieve a perfect game with only one touchdown because of the 10 passing attempt minimum to qualify, combined with the minimum 11.875% touchdown-to-attempted-pass ratio.

Three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating with more than 400 passing yards. Ken O'Brien threw for 431 yards on November 2, 1986 against the Seattle Seahawks. Nick Foles threw for 406 yards on November 3, 2013 against the Oakland Raiders. Jared Goff threw for 465 yards on September 27, 2018 against the Minnesota Vikings. Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect game with fewer than 150 passing yards. Scott Hunter threw for 138 yards on October 31, 1976 against the New Orleans Saints, Drew Bledsoe threw for 143 yards on December 26, 1993 against the Indianapolis Colts, and Rich Gannon threw for 146 yards on October 15, 1992 against the Detroit Lions.

Only three quarterbacks have accomplished a perfect passer rating in their rookie season. Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots achieved it against the Indianapolis Colts on December 26, 1993; Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins did it against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 18, 2012; and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans did it against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 13, 2015, the first quarterback to do so in his professional debut. Only one QB, Ben Roethlisberger, has accomplished a perfect passer rating twice in one season, against the Ravens on November 5, 2007; and against the St. Louis Rams on December 20, 2007.[76]. Peyton Manning had one perfect rating in the 2003 regular season and one in the post-season.

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