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Former Baltimore Colts QB Among Rare 300-Yard Passers in 1977

Former Baltimore Colts QB Bert Jones
Former Baltimore Colts QB Bert Jones

Last weekend in the first round of the 2011 regular season games, there were 14 quarterbacks who passed for over 300 yards, the most ever in NFL history. Interesting is that only eight of those 14 were on the winning team in the games, led by New England Patriots QB Tm Brady and his insane 517 yards, including that amazing 99 yard TD pass/run to WR Wes Welker.

In 1977, there were only five 300-yard passing game in the entire season. Former Baltimore Colts QB Bert Jones actually had two of those five games, with 340 yards on December 18, 1977 and 322 yards on November 20, 1977. he most yardage any QB threw for in 1977 was 396 yards by New York Jets QB Richard Todd on October 23, 1977. Noted is that Todd's total as the highest shows there were zero 400-yard passing games in the NFL in 1977, while there were four in the first week of the 2011 season.

Brady's 517 yards was the fifth most in NFL history, behind the Los Angeles Rams QB Norm Van Brocklin's 554 yards against the New York Yanks in 1951. Noted on the list of all-time best games is former Baltimore Ravens QB Elvis Grbac, who threw for the 10th best in league history, when he had 504 yards against the Oakland Raiders as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Luckily, the Baltimore Ravens have not had to air it out like this so far, as their success is usually predicated on a solid running game and although we should expect at least one 300-yard performance in 2011, the odds of QB Joe Flacco getting into these types of record lists seem slim. Ravens fans would definitely prefer the only list Flacco gets on is "Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks."