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NFL Week 1 had more TD passes than any week ever in league history

By John Breech |

Peyton Manning led the way as NFL quarterbacks combined to throw the most touchdowns in any week ever. (USATSI)
Peyton Manning led the way as NFL quarterbacks combined to throw the most touchdowns in any week ever. (USATSI)

If you felt like there were a lot of touchdown passes thrown in the NFL in Week 1, don't worry, you're not crazy, there were. Led by Peyton Manning's record-tying seven touchdown passes, NFL quarterbacks combined to throw 63 touchdown passes in Week 1, the most touchdowns thrown in any week ever in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The previous record was 58 and that had happened twice before: in Week 13 of 2004 and Week 17 of 2007.

Six quarterbacks threw at least three touchdown passes, including Peyton Manning (7), Eli Manning (4), Philip Rivers (4), Matt Schaub (3), Aaron Rodgers (3) and Colin Kaepernick (3).

Week 1 also set the record for most total passing yards in a week in NFL history as the league's quarterbacks combined to throw for 8,143 yards. That broke the record of 7,946 yards set in Week 2 of 2011.

The Manning brothers led the way on the yardage record as both of them threw for at least 450 yards. Eli finished with 450 exactly in the Giants 36-21 loss to the Cowboys, while Peyton threw for 462 yards in the Broncos 49-27 win over the Ravens.

Kaepernick also crossed the 400-yard mark, throwing for 412 yards in the 49ers 34-28 win over the Packers. Just to prove how the times have changed, consider this: during the 1970's there were only five 400-yard passing games in the entire decade. There were three in Week 1.

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