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Added October 28th, 2014 by Ian

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sets new NFL record

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set a new NFL record on October 26 after throwing six touchdown passes and passing for a total of 522 yards. The remarkable performance came in Pittsburgh’s 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. But the record wasn’t for the most TD passes and yards gained in a game. Instead, Roethlisberger sets the record for becoming the only NFL player to pass for more than 500 yards in two separate games. The 522 yards tie him for the fourth-most in league history.

He did come close to the 63-year-old all-time passing yard record though and he would have broken the old mark if he had managed to gain just 33 more yards. There have been 15 quarterbacks to throw for more than 500 yards in the league’s history, but no one had ever managed to pull off the feat twice until Roethlisberger. He first threw over 500 yards back in 2009 when he tossed a franchise-record 503 in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. His October 26th game set new Pittsburgh records for both touchdowns and passing yards.

The last person to throw exactly 522 yards was Boomer Esiason, who did it back in 1996 as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in a contest with the Washington Redskins. However, Esiason had the benefit of going into overtime. When it comes to regulation-time games, Roethlisberger’s 522 yards places him in third and he didn’t throw an interception in either of his 500-yard plus games. The only other quarterbacks to pass for 500 yards without throwing an interception were Warren Moon and Y.A. Tittle.

In case you’re wondering, the all-time NFL record for passing yards in a game was 554 and was set back in 1951 by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams against a former franchise known as the New York Yanks. The Rams beat the Yanks 51-14 on that September day and Van Brocklin also managed to throw for five touchdowns. He was inducted into the College hall of Fame in 1966 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years later. He retired in 1960 and turned to coaching the following year. Sadly, Van Brocklin, a nine-time Pro Bowl player, passed away in 1983 at the age of 57.

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