Brees, Roethlisberger have NFL’s first tie for passing yardage lead

AP

For the first time in NFL history, two players finished tied for the league lead in passing yards.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger each finished the 2014 season with 4,952 passing yards, tied for the top spot in the NFL. Although 4,952 yards dwarfs the yardage totals that led the league for almost all of the 20th century, it actually represents a slight decline from past years: This is the first time since 2010 that no quarterback reached the 5,000-yard mark.

For Roethlisberger, the total is a career high by more than 600 yards, and the first time he has ever led the league in one of the major passing statistical categories. Roethlisberger had never before led the league in yardage and has never led in attempts, completions, touchdowns or completion percentage. (Roethlisberger has led the league in two statistical categories no quarterback wants to lead the league in, interceptions thrown in 2006 and times sacked in 2009.)

For Brees, this is the fifth time he’s led the league in passing yards, and he joins Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history to lead the league in passing yards five different times. (No one has ever led the league in passing yards six times.) But this season’s total was actually a step backward: Brees had passed for more than 5,000 yards in each of the previous three seasons.

Passing for 4,952 yards doesn’t seem all that impressive these days, as the changing rules have made 4,000 yards commonplace. In fact, there were 11 quarterbacks with 4,000 passing yards this season. Times have changed. There was one 4,000-yard season in the entire decade of the 1970s.

65 responses to “Brees, Roethlisberger have NFL’s first tie for passing yardage lead

  1. Its funny to see people like Schmokes hating on a guy like Ben Roethlisberger. Its also hilarious seeing people hate on Johnny Manziel because hes in the spotlight & they arent. You people wish you could be Manziel, not the other way around. He doesnt even know all you haters exist. Idk, i just find it hillarious to see trolls degrade Manziel and Big Ben when those guys accomplish more in 4 months than some people do in their entire lives. Haters gonna hate tho

  2. So, since Big Ben is tied for first then that means he still has never actually “led” the league in anything (other than interceptions thrown and sacks taken).

    Tough break. Still impressive though.

  3. Ben is the only quarterback in recent memory that can look like the league MVP in one game, and look like the second coming of Tim Couch the next. What a bizarre (albeit great) quarterback.

  4. They actually review all the games and make slight one to two yard changes in stats sometimes during the week.

    Im very surprised watching the film didnt allow them to give one of these guys an extra yard that may have been missed during the game in order to break the tie.

  5. The year Ben lead the NFL in int’s, is the same year right before preseason he went head first into a Chevy & got a titanium face implant. That was his worst season by far..

  6. And to think Big Ben wasn’t exactly enamoured with Haley when he first arrived. Wondering if he’s feeling the love for him now?

  7. barsfordays says:
    Dec 30, 2014 4:26 PM
    Its funny to see people like Schmokes hating on a guy like Ben Roethlisberger. Its also hilarious seeing people hate on Johnny Manziel because hes in the spotlight & they arent. You people wish you could be Manziel, not the other way around. He doesnt even know all you haters exist. Idk, i just find it hillarious to see trolls degrade Manziel and Big Ben when those guys accomplish more in 4 months than some people do in their entire lives. Haters gonna hate tho

    I agree with you about the roethlisberger hate but manziel? I don’t wish I could be that d bag. I’m not gonna call him a bust yet but he’s definitely lookin like one.

  8. Brees has hit 5,000 yards five times and ties for most in NFL history.

    He hit that record, broke his own record this year and made NFL history on Sunday.

    Future HOF QB and very well deserved!

  9. Both guys are great talents and great leaders.
    But let’s be real about this: pass defense is all but illegal in today’s game. A defender can’t even occupy the same space as a receiver without something being called. When that’s the case, every offensive stat will steadily rise.

  10. Can’t believe they didn’t let him throw some quick check-down pass near the end to capture it outright. Doesn’t seem right to split it with someone who didn’t even make the playoffs.

  11. zack2482 says:
    Dec 30, 2014 4:50 PM
    That’s fine and all but Romo has the best passer rating this season. Why isn’t this being mentioned?
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    Uhh because he didn’t TIE with anyone. I’m sure his name will be mentioned once they announce awards for each category, but for now you cowgirls gotta remain calm.

  12. Zack2482 is right

    Romo rating 113.2 att. 435 yards 3705
    Rogers rating 112.2 att 52o yards 4381
    Big Ben rating 103 att 608 yards 4952
    Brees rating 97 att 659 yards 4952

    only 3 qbs with ratings over 100

  13. Pft you probably could attribute the lowering of yardage total vs years past to the added “attention” paid to “pass interference”(defensive only and by attention I mean more flags. Hard to get yards when your down the field after 3 plays go as PIs

  14. icabodslip says:
    Dec 30, 2014 4:32 PM
    Steeler haters, don’t be jealous of the 6 rings. Ha!
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    “We aren’t,” say the Packers (13), and the Bears (9).

  15. Bengalsmofo

    Don’t forget the Giants at 8

    Rigenald pippin

    Well except that Bree’s did it while missing the playoffs, as did Eli a few years back. If you can not pass for 5k and miss the playoffs, it’s no longer that impressive

  16. first let me congrats to both, excellent season. 2nd.. being a Steeler fan I try to not be to annoying and arrogant unlike some LOL however I am sorry to say but all of you haters would love Ben if he was your teams qb plaine and simple! The fact is this guy is a top 5 qb in the nfl and a future HOF’er. He has 2 superbowl rings at this time and has the chances of having more before all is said and done, one of the best winning records in the nfl and is clutch when it counts!!

  17. Congrats Ben! Superb year! Looking forward to you leading the team to its next Super Bowl win.

    GO STEELERS!

  18. brees had 58 more pass attempts than big ben also. that’s like a game and a half more! the steelers for years have handcuffed ben and wouldn’t let him throw the ball. he would never get near as many attempts as brees, brady, manning etc.. glad to see they finally took the shackles off him and let ben be ben! congrats to the most underrated QB in the history of the nfl!

  19. Only Ben could complete such a huge accomplishment and get that type of negative paragraph haha. How about wins his rookie season? Passer rating? Fastest to 100 wins? Nah, that’s too much props for this site.

  20. .
    Peyton could have easily beat the 5k but he doesnt seem to want to throw the ball anymore…
    Maybe it is some sort of Strategy so we stalk about him choking…
    So Peyton will do nothing and let CJ get the Super Bowl MVP Trophy…
    Making Eli still > Peyton

  21. Billytodd2013lbad

    Well everybody who isn’t a

    Patriots
    Broncos
    Indy
    Giants
    Cowboys(maybe)
    Saints
    Panthers(maybe)
    Packers
    Seahawks
    And even the 49ers
    Fan and your right. I’m guessing some more teams would be turned off by his horrible off field issues while the others will remember it was his team and not him winning those first 2 Super Bowls and how he choked in the only sb he was asked to win. So maybe the Browns and jax would want him along with a few other toilet teams. But outside of them I think most teams would be happy to not aquire that head ache

  22. schmokes says:
    Dec 30, 2014 4:20 PM
    Rothlisberger has led the league in rape accusations though.

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    i think that might be darren sharper

  23. icabodslip says:
    Dec 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    Steeler haters, don’t be jealous of the 6 rings. Ha!
    ——————————————————–
    My Packers’ 13 rings are not jealous at all.

  24. giantsfanlewis says:
    Dec 30, 2014 6:46 PM
    Billytodd2013lbad

    Well everybody who isn’t a

    Patriots
    Broncos
    Indy
    Giants
    Cowboys(maybe)
    Saints
    Panthers(maybe)
    Packers
    Seahawks
    And even the 49ers
    Fan and your right. I’m guessing some more teams would be turned off by his horrible off field issues while the others will remember it was his team and not him winning those first 2 Super Bowls and how he choked in the only sb he was asked to win. So maybe the Browns and jax would want him along with a few other toilet teams. But outside of them I think most teams would be happy to not aquire that head ache
    ====
    C’mon man lets be real.

  25. So Ben had no hand in winning his SB’s? He played poorly in the first one, sure, but also made some huge plays when it counted. In the 2nd one, he had one of the greatest drives in the history of the league to win it, and the 3rd one he played pretty well aside from tossing the pick 6 while being hit when releasing the ball. If Mendenhall does not fumble in Packers territory later in the game, we probably would have that trophy as well.

  26. In the 2nd one, he had one of the greatest drives in the history of the league to win it

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    Correction, the greatest. 6 Lombardi Trophies. count them…

  27. Green Bay won all those “titles” when there was no tv.
    But I guess your great grandpappy told you all about them.

  28. Passing yards are the most overrated stats a quarterback can have, especially in this modern league, where all calls favor the QB. Seriously, even god awful QBs like Geno Smith can throw for hundreds of yards per game. I don’t think passing yards are a good way of measuring how good QBs are.

  29. Baileytheskydiver

    I am being real. At this point he has 1 more ring then most of those teams abs but do you really think teams like

    Denver with Peyton manning1 ring in 3 appearances and tons of records
    Giants with Eli manning(2 rings as well sorry)
    Tom Brady 3 runs in 5 trips
    Indy with a luck-y future ahead(no rings but only in his third year)
    Saints with the qb who made throwing 5k look like a brees
    Seahawks with a 1 ring in 3 year qb
    Packers1 ring and an NFL mvp

    Sure maybe the Cowboys and panthers may be on that list who wouldn’t mind but cam is much younger and Dallas has had many years to replace romo with a hot name and have refused, so I think they are happy with romo.

    The only teams who’s fans/owners want Ben are teams with no qb. Ben is good if not great but he isn’t one of the best ever

    Steelerswinagain

    One drive isn’t the whole super bowl

    He set a record for worst qbr in super bowl history for a winning qb at 22 and the second sb was looking better but still not good til the final drive. If he had won that game and his stat line was 17-27 for 200 yards no reds and an int he would be the first qb to win 2 Super Bowls despite never throwing a td in a super bowl

  30. bengalsmofo says:
    Dec 30, 2014 5:18 PM
    icabodslip says:
    Dec 30, 2014 4:32 PM
    Steeler haters, don’t be jealous of the 6 rings. Ha!
    ———————————————————

    “We aren’t,” say the Packers (13), and the Bears (9).

    *************************************************************

    Perhaps so. But I’m not sure that racking up championships in 9-12 team leagues at the expense of such perennial juggernauts as the Orange Tornadoes, Portsmouth Spartans, Card-Pitt, and the almighty Providence Steam Roller amounts to the same thing as winning Super Bowls (different currency from NFL championships) in the modern era.

  31. Ben is the best bet to get to a third Super Bowl win and eclipse Brady’s playoff win total of all current QBs.

    He’s third in QB rating this year. Sets up nicely for a deep playoff run. If he runs the table in the playoffs he’ll be 14 -4 all time and move into a third place tie with Bradshaw and Montana.

    Flacco at 9-4 in the playoffs is also knocking at the door.

    Wow! How big is that Ravens-Steelers playoff game?

    Maybe we should watch. Just saying.

  32. Big Ben could have broke it. He took it easy at the end of the game. Expect him to light up defenses in playoffs. I doubt he’ll have another average game in a row since the bungles played their superbowl last game.

  33. @giantsfanlewis

    “Well everybody who isn’t a

    Patriots
    Broncos
    Indy
    Giants
    Cowboys(maybe)
    Saints
    Panthers(maybe)
    Packers
    Seahawks
    And even the 49ers
    Fan and your right. I’m guessing some more teams would be turned off by his horrible off field issues while the others will remember it was his team and not him winning those first 2 Super Bowls and how he choked in the only sb he was asked to win. So maybe the Browns and jax would want him along with a few other toilet teams. But outside of them I think most teams would be happy to not aquire that head ache”

    Really? Really…..Ben played poorly in the first Super Bowl, I’ll give you that one. The second one, the defense would have given that away if it were not for BEN driving down the field and tossing the most perfectly placed pass I have ever seen in my life. Did you watch that one with your eyes closed? The third one he hardly had any protection, and if Mike Wallace knew how to catch a football that’s thrown short this could possibly be a different conversation. Keep hating please, and then watch Ben make plays, which increases your hate. Then watch him make more plays which increases your hate even more ect. ect.

    It’ll be a never ending cycle of hate for you, sad if you really think about it. You getting mad at someone who throws a ball and does it well….who gets mad over that?

  34. Brees’ comments in 2008 after losing to Carolina and going 8-8 should provide some clarity into how much he cares about this year’s passing record, “I’m not sure that’s necessarily the way the record deserves to be broken. I sit back and look at it, that record’s stood for a long time. One of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game owns it. And it’s a huge record. And so maybe the fact that we were 8-8 meant that it wasn’t meant to be for us to get it.”

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