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NFL Passing TD Leaders By Year—2000s

Updated on January 17, 2008

Tom Brady

Peyton Manning

Brett Favre


Tom Brady broke the NFL record in 2007 with 50 touchdown passes, surpassing Peyton Manning's 49 from 2004. For those of you who saw it, you know that #50 to Randy Moss against the Giants was a thing of beauty. Here is a list of the leaders in this category from the current decade:

2007-Tom Brady, New England Patriots (50)

Brady had one of the most incredible years for a quarterback, ever, in 2007, as he led his team to an undefeated regular season. In addition to the 50 TD passes (23 to Randy Moss), Brady was 398 of 578 for 4806 yards, and just 8 interceptions. His QB rating of 117.2 was the highest of his career as well.

2006-Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (31)

Manning has had an unbelievable career, and this was the third time he led the NFL in passing touchdowns in the decade. In helping lead the Colts to a Super Bowl title, Manning was 362 of 557 during the regular season, with 31 TDs and just 9 interceptions, for a QB rating of 101.0.

2005-Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals (32)

In just his second NFL season, Bengals' QB Carson Palmer led the league in passing touchdowns with 32, and led his team to the playoffs where they lost in the first round to eventual champion Pittsburgh. That season, Palmer was 345 of 509 for 3836 yards and the 32 TDs with 12 interceptions, for a QB rating of 101.1.

2004-Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (49)

In 2004, Peyton Manning had one of the greatest seasons ever for a QB, finishing with a rating of 121.1. Manning was 336 of 497 for 4557 yards (also a career high) and 49 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions.

2003-Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (32)

It was the fourth time in Favre's career that he led the NFL in touchdown passes, but the first time in six years, as he tossed 32 of them. Favre was 308 of 471 for 3361 yards and the 32 TDs to 21 interceptions, for a QB rating of 90.4

2002-Tom Brady, New England Patriots (28)

In his second full season and at the age of 25, Patriots' QB Tom Brady led the NFL in touchdown passes with 28 in 2002. Brady completed 373 of 601 attempts for 3764 yards and 28 TDs to 14 interceptions and a QB rating of 85.7. Those numbers all seem like child's play now compared to Brady's 2007 season.

2001-Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (36)

In addition to leading the NFL in TD passes in 2001 with 36, Rams' QB Kurt Warner led the league in other categories too, such as passing yards (4830), completions (375 of 546), completion percentage (68.7), and a quarterback rating of 101.4. The latter was probably deflated just a bit by the fact that Warner also had a career high of 22 interceptions.

2000-Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (33)

In his first full season, Vikings' QB Daunte Culpepper tied the Colts' Peyton Manning for the most passing TDs in the NFL in 2000, with 33. Culpepper was 297 of 474 for 3937 yards and 33 TDs to 16 interceptions for a QB rating of 98.0. Manning completed 357 of 571 passes for 33 TDs, with 15 interceptions and a QB rating of 94.7. It would be the first of three times Manning led the NFL in passing touchdowns in the decade.


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