NFL Season Record In Reach For Brady

January 2nd, 2021

It’s hard to believe, but another single-season NFL record is in reach for Tom Brady on Sunday against the Falcons.

Sensational Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert owns the rookie record for touchdown passes in a season. He’s got 28 with one game to play.

Peyton Manning, however, is the guy who threw the most TD passes in his first year with a new team. That was in 2012, when Manning tossed 37 TDs against 11 interceptions for the Broncos.

Brady now has 36 touchdown passes for Tampa Bay, the franchise record, and likely will thieve the aforementioned all-time mark from Manning tomorrow.

For the historical record, the more impressive season, Joe believes, is when Kurt Warner threw 41 touchdowns for the 1999 Rams.

That was Warner’s first season as a starter after leaving the Arena league, but he was with the Rams as a backup the previous season. Of course, that makes it even more impressive that the ’99 Bucs held Warner to just 11 points in the NFC Championship game that year — and somehow the Bucs managed to lose.

Joe is fired up for Brady to put his name in the regular-season history books one more time.

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31 Responses to “NFL Season Record In Reach For Brady”

  1. gp Says:

    41 is in reach too, although I expect that TB12 will sit the second half again if we are far enough ahead

  2. Priscilla Prenner Says:

    With 348 yards and 4 TD’s in the first half against the LOLions, it irritated the heck out of me that Arians didn’t give him any chance of going after some single game records. It’s okay for BA to scheme for Evans, or Payton to give Kamara his 6 TD’s in a blowout, but Brady couldn’t even get a few second half snaps. Anyone that has watched TB12 in NE for the last 20 years knows he stayed in almost every game until the end or very late regardless of whether it was a blowout. You don’t come back and play at 43 if you’re not just a little interested in setting some marks and creating distance between yourself and someone you’re still racing against time with like Brees. Had he put up another 300 yards and 2 or 3 TD’s he’d be knee deep in the MVP discussion too. Numbers are part of legacy and legacy matters to these guys.

    Brady would never say it, but I bet it bothered him.

    99% of posters will tell me I’m stupid — e.g. Brady only cares about winning championships, need to keep him healthy, etc. — but since I’m probably part of the .0001% of people who have been following him closely since going to school with him, I’m okay with people who wouldn’t agree with my take.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Blame the “great” Tony Dungy for the loss in 1999.

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    gp: I would be surprised if the game is out of reach by halftime.

    My $$$ is on a high-scoring game with multiple lead changes.

  5. alton green Says:

    well TB is 3 yrs younger than my son haha so i’ve seen MANY MANY games. The Bucs are a good example why i’m not a gambler. The best reason??????????????????????????????? Joe Namath beating the Colts. Can you believe JN was elected into the HOF? ONE GAME. Have you ever looked at QB’s records that won a SB? He was BY FAR less than average. Back to the Saints. I’m certainly not a fan but I thought my head would explode when their a-hole coach took kamara out with the ball on the 1 yd line!!!!!!!! What a frick’n ego JERK! He could have set the ALL TIME record with one more TD. Yes I realize the record was in the 1920s but they will always say “tied the all time record” hahahha

  6. JustBucNwin Says:

    I think 40 will be his total TDs after a shootout with ATL. Evans gets his 1K and RoJo hits his too. But a W and securing that #5 seed is the priority!

  7. alton green Says:

    folks please be more specific when you say “out of reach at halftime” haha If not for Tompa, the Atlanta game would have been out of reach after the 1st freak’n quarter

  8. 1sparkybuc Says:

    It’s a mistake to disregard the first half of the fowlgoons game. It’s a division game against a team that has two coaches that were fired as our HCs. They played the Chiefs tough last week. Get Mike Evans his record, and stay healthy for the playoffs. 11-5 would be nice, but it’s not a given, and the fowlgoons hold a grudge. Go Bucs

  9. adam from ny Says:

    this won’t be detroit and their back up qbs…

    matty ice and his receivers will keep the game closer…

    they might even have a SMB buffet available to them

  10. adam from ny Says:

    trust me, rah wants to beat the bucs

  11. alton green Says:

    People be very careful about getting into the “victory formation” If there was ever a team that wants to beat the hell out of Tompa, It’s the Falcons!! Matt Ryan is no slouch. He at least got his team to a SB only to have TB12 break their hearts. BUT Tompa has been breaking hearts for 19 yrs. I’m curious to see if Bowles waits till halftime to make adjustments, assuming we need to. PLEASE PLEASE make their receivers pay the price BEFORE they get 5+ yds no soft zone or Matt wild carve them up again

  12. Colonel Angus Says:

    Actually held them to 9pts, they got 2pts on a safety. Bucs 99’ was no joke!

  13. Lokog Says:

    ‘99 was a first down.

  14. TampaTown Says:

    Three words: Burt Emmanuel rule.
    Let’s hope Brady’s 2nd TD pass is to Mike, breaking the record for Brady and single season TD’s for Mike to go along with his NFL record 7th consecutive 1000 yard year

  15. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Bert made a great catch and only Jerry Markbreits’ hatred of the Bucs necessitated looking at it on replay as he was the replay official. Tom Korun was alone in the elevator with Markbreit after the game and hater Jerry said as much to TK.
    However , in all fairness , it was still 3rd and 10 even if the Zebras rule it a catch. The D held the Rams to 11 points , which to this day may have been one of the best performances ever by a Buccaneer defense.
    I selfishly hope we get to play Dallas , as the Cowboys knocking the Bucs out of the playoffs in 81 & 82 only intensified my already existing dislike for big D and their fedora sporting coach. I would intensely enjoy our Bucs thrashing the hell out of the Cowboys on their home field.

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Bert Emanuel.. Exactly!

    Jeff you’re a drag. The great Dungy held the greatest show on turf to 11.

    BTW we beat them at the greatest game ever played in Tampa the next year in a shootout 38-35…with Shaun King no less…in case you forgot.

  17. Alanbucsfan Says:

    alton green-
    If you watched Namath in the late 60’s – you know he was a STAR of the NFL-
    The Jets upset of Colts in SB was historic , and to this day, Namath is Jets’ all time leading passer and his receiver, Don Maynard, the all time leading Jets’ receiver and his coach, Weeb Ewbank , is all time winningest Jets’ coach.
    True, Namath threw way too many interceptions, and playing in New York gets publicity, but from ’67-’69, Jets were must see TV.

  18. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Namath is the only QB to ever win a National Championship in college and a Superbowl . In a game in 1972 against the Colts and Unitas dubbed “The Rematch” , Namath threw for 6 TD’s and 496 yards on only 15 completions-divide 496 by 15 and see what that is. Joe had 7 knee surgeries and there was no arthroscopic back then, they had to slice your whole knee wide open. Look at some tape of Joe Willie at Alabama when he still had wheels. Broadway Joe is in the Hall of Fame and deservedly so.

  19. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Ricky Prohel…

  20. David Says:

    Holding that offense to less than a dozen points… And losing. That was brutal…

    As for the present, I expect the offense to look pretty damn good But have no idea about the defense with White and Shaq out.

  21. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

  22. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Tom Brady could care less about records, he has so many he probably doesn’t know what they all r. Screw all this record talk and to be honest BA talking about Evan’s record as a focal point is a distraction. If our goal is to shut down Ridley, who do you think Atlanta wants to shut down. Goal, win the freaking game and move on to NFC East!

  23. Max Says:

    41 in 1999 when they were still allowed to hit the quarterback is really crazy when you think about it

  24. Colonel Angus Says:

    Once again, the D held the Greatest Show on Turf to 9pts. A fg and a TD (with a failed 2pt conversion). Rams got a safety when Mayberry hiked the ball 10ft over Kings head and out of the end zone. That defense was better than 2002, they just didn’t house as many turnovers as the 2002 defense did. They also held the Redskins high powered offense to 6pts, (they got a kick return TD to start of the 2nd half with a 13-0 lead). Redskins were the #2 offense that year, and I believe were a top 10 offense historically. Nobody remembers them because they played at the same time as that Rams squad. Those 2 offenses were power houses and that 99’ defense shut them both down!

  25. Alanbucsfan Says:


    Joe Montana and Ken Stabler won both college and NFL championships, and as backups, so did Brady and Bernie Kosar.
    Also – even though Namath’s Alabama team was ranked no 1, Texas beat them in the Orange Bowl that year.

  26. Craig Says:

    Oh hell yeah.

    Perhaps this is part of the reason Brady came here. The previous record is dust in the wind. Maybe 40, maybe more.

  27. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Brady should be allowed to throw 6tds in this game to bury the Doity Boids. We have to be very aggressive on offense from this point out, kinda like dang them torpedoes full steam ahead !

  28. '79 Defense Says:

    I remember getting into an online argument with a Rams fan a few years after the Bucs Rams championship game. I said how amazing it was that the Rams offense could light it up against anyone– until they actually had to face a great defense.

    Then all the sudden they could only manage 9 points (the other two coming from a safety).

    I remember this guy making excuses and essentially saying that the plan was to be conservative. Really? You have the greatest offense ever and your plan is to go out and score nine points?

    It still burns me up that we lost that one, but I suppose it may have put in motion the events that eventually led to ’02 and finally winning it all.

  29. Anonymous Says:

    I just hope they don’t go into the game over confidensed. The ice man is an upsetter,he has done it before. Shut him down

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    BucsFanSince1976: yeow, Jerry Markbreit!?! I hated him just as much as you did. Is he dead yet? Lawdgawd, did that SOB called a “ref” hate the Bucs. I always kept an ear out when the refs were announced pre-game. If I heard that name, I would wince big-time. Bet he and that yahoo Cris Collingsworth had a sad when the Bucs won the SB fair and square. Aholes!

  31. Oxycondoms Says:

    Was that when dilfer was in benched for shaun king then wins the super bowl the next year with the ravens