One of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League wore number 13 for the Miami Dolphins. At the time of his retirement, Dan Marino held nearly every major passing record. Though he never won a Super Bowl, he was one of the most successful quarterbacks in league history. Over the course of his career he put up some amazing performances too, but statistically what were his greatest games?
Marino threw for four or more touchdowns in a game 22 times during his career. This is quite an accomplishment that any quarterback would be proud of. In a 51-45 loss to the New York Jets in 1986 though, he completed six touchdown passes to five different Dolphins receivers.
Few quarterbacks could match the yardage numbers that Marino put up during his prime. Quarterbacks are usually measured by the amount of 300 yard games they put up. During his career, Marino threw for more than 300 yards in an amazing 67 games. There are a number of great quarterbacks, some even in the Pro Football Hall of Fame like Marino, who didn’t even come close to having half as many 300 yard games as him. His best game in terms of yardage though came in a 1988 44-30 loss, again to the rival Jets, when he completed 35 of 60 passes for a total of 521 yards.
Few quarterbacks deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Dan Marino. It seems odd though that his best games came in losses, and even odder still that both losses were at the hands of the New York Jets.