A Hall Of Fame Quarterback Has One Of The Worst Games In NFL History – Who Was Even Worse?


When it comes to having success on the football field, it is hard to do without solid play from the quarterback position. There are a number of stats that can be looked at to judge a quarterback’s performance, but one that cannot be overlooked is completion percentage. Without completions, little else good can happen in the quarterback’s game. Who has had the worst completion percentage in an NFL game though?

We looked at quarterback performances since the NFL-AFL merger of 1970 and there are three that stand out above, well below, the rest. This is for quarterbacks who attempted at least 20 passes.

-In a 1970 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, which he Packers would win 20-12, future Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw (in his rookie season) attempted 20 passes and completed just three of them for 110 yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions. His completion percentage from that game stands as the 3rd worst overall at 15.0%. Bradshaw’s rookie year would not show the promise that the rest of his career would have as he finished the season with a completion percentage of just 38.9%, throwing for 6 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

-In a 1972 game, Dan Pastorini of the Houston Oilers completed just 3 of the 21 passes he would attempt for a completion percentage of 14.3%. He finished the game with just 31 total passing yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions in a 34-0 shutout loss to the Oakland Raiders. This earned him the second spot on the list of worst games ever in terms of completion percentage.

-The worst game ever in terms of completion percentage for a quarterback that attempted at least 20 passes happened in 1985. Dave Wilson started the game and by the time he was pulled in favor of veteran Richard Todd, he had put up a line of stats that included 2 completions on 22 attempts for 30 total yards, no touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. This performance gave Wilson a completion percentage of 9.1% for the game. The Saints would stage somewhat of a comeback under Todd, all things considered, but still lose the game 47-27.

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