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NFL Year in Review: Record-Breaking Quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan
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9 Jan 2018 01:16 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (Image Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at the best quarterbacks of the 2017 season and those who reached milestones:

— NFL quarterbacks posted a combined completion percentage of 62.1 percent and a passer rating of 86.9, which are both ranked as the fourth highest in the history of the league. The 2.5 interception percentage is the third-lowest.   

— Eight quarterbacks reached the 4,000-yard plateau this past season, led by Tom Brady’s 4,577 yards. At the age of 40, the New England Patriot is the oldest player in NFL history to lead the league. His yards and touchdown passes (32) are the most by a player who has reached 40 years of age. Up to 66,159 yards passing, he’s the fourth quarterback in league history to reach 65,000 yards for their career, while his 89 regular season road wins, broke Peyton Manning’s mark of 85. Four times this season Brady connected on three scoring strikes with no interceptions to give him 55 such games in his career, the most in the history of the NFL.

— With 4,334 yards, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints extended his record streak of 4,000-yard seasons to 12. Brees also led the league with 386 completions and has completed 6,222 passes in his career to become the third passer in NFL history to complete 6,000 passes. Just ahead of Peyton Manning, Brees only trails Brett Favre. Getting there in his 240th game, Brees is the fastest to 6,000. He also joined the duo of Manning and Favre as the only 70,000-yard passers in the history of the NFL and was again the quickest to the plateau. The Purdue product broke Sam Bradford’s completion percentage record, as he connected on 72 percent of his attempts in 2017.

—  The Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford led the NFC with 4,446 yards, his seventh-straight season with 4,000-plus yards, which is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history.  

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons tied Matthew Stafford for the most-consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, as he reached the mark for the seventh-consecutive campaign. Ryan also broke Peyton Manning’s record for most passing yards through 10 seasons with 41,796 yards in his career.

— Five quarterbacks reached a 100 passer rating in 2017, as second-year signal callers Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff joined veterans Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. With 4,042 yards, five interceptions, and a league-leading 104.7 rating, Smith is the first passer in the history of the league with 3,000-plus yards and fewer than 10 interceptions in five-consecutive years.

— It was another big season for the quarterbacks from the Class of 2014, as the New York Giants’ Eli Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, and Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers each reached 50,000 career passing yards. They are all in the top-10 all-time. Rivers finished second with his 4,515 passing yards, his 10th-straight season with at least 3,500 yards, just the third player to have 10-consecutive such seasons.

— Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers became the 11th player in NFL history to reach 300 touchdown passes and he did so on his 4,742nd attempt, which is the fewest passes to reach the mark.   

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks led the league with 34 touchdown passes, including a whopping 19 which were thrown in the fourth quarter, an NFL record.  

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. 

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