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List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

Brett Favre holds the record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback.

In the history of the National Football League, there have been twelve starts streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by eleven different quarterbacks, with four of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.[1][2]

Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears.[3] His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player.[4] On December 5, 2010, playing for the Minnesota Vikings against the Buffalo Bills, Favre was knocked out of the game on the first drive with a sprained SC joint injury to his right shoulder, caused by a hit from linebacker Arthur Moats. After a snowstorm delayed the following Sunday's game against the New York Giants to Monday, December 13, Favre was ruled inactive, ending his streak at a record 297 games (321 including playoffs).[5][6]

Below is a list of the top 25 quarterbacks to achieve the longest consecutive regular season starts at their position.

All-time consecutive starts streaks

Bold denotes an active streak.

Top 25 ranked by consecutive regular season starts, updated through week 17 of 2023 season
Rank Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total References
1 Brett Favre 9/27/1992 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [6][7][8]
2 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 1/3/2021 SD/LAC/IND 240 12 252 [9][10]
3 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 11/23/2017 NYG 210 12 222 [11][12]
4 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [6][13][14]
5 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 10/20/2019 ATL 154 9 163 [15][16]
6 Russell Wilson 9/9/2012 10/7/2021 SEA 149 16 165 [17][18]
7 Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 11/3/2019 DET 136 3 139 [19][2]
8 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 11/22/2015 BAL 122 15 137 [20][21]
9 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 PHI 116 7 123 [6][22][23][24]
10 Tom Brady 9/14/2009 1/3/2016 NE 112 14 126 [25][26]
11 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 NE 111 17 128 [6][27][28][29]
12 10/9/2016 1/16/2023 NE/TB 110 16 126 [30]
13 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 BUF 107 3 110 [6][31][32]
14 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 MIA 95 4 99 [6][33][34]
15 Derek Carr 10/15/2017 12/24/2022 OAK/LV 91 1 92 [35]
16 Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LAR 89 2 91 [6][36]
17 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 BAL 88 3 91 [6][37][38]
18 Josh Allen 11/25/2018 Active BUF 88 10 98 [39]
19 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LAR 87 4 91 [6][40]
20 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NYJ/NO 86 4 90 [41]
21T Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 NO 82 2 84 [42]
Drew Brees 1/16/2010 9/20/2015 NO 82 8 90 [43][44]
23 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 KC 81 1 82 [45]
24T Drew Brees 1/8/2005 12/27/2009 SD/NO 79 3 82 [46]
Kirk Cousins 9/13/2015 12/23/2019 WAS/MIN 79 1 80 [47]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Philip Rivers' path to 200 consecutive starts with Chargers marked by unmatched toughness". November 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Matthew Stafford reportedly out for Lions, ends consecutive starts streak at 136 games". November 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pro Football History: Iron Man". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  4. ^ "Vikings QB Favre 'grateful' after his NFL-record 271st start in a row". NFL.com. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  5. ^ "Brett Fart unable to start vs. Giants" ESPN.com
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "NFL on Yahoo! Sports - News, Scores, Standings, Rumors, Fantasy Games". sports.yahoo.com.
  7. ^ "Brett Favre – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  8. ^ "Favre's consecutive start streak comes to an end at 297". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  9. ^ "Philip Rivers – Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  10. ^ Philip Rivers retiring from NFL after 17 seasons
  11. ^ Raanan, Jordan (Nov 28, 2017). "Giants going with QB Geno Smith over Eli Manning, ending streak". ESPN.com.
  12. ^ "Eli Manning – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  13. ^ "Peyton Manning – Game logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  14. ^ "Streak ends: Colts' Manning ruled out Sunday; Collins to start". NFL.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  15. ^ "Matt Ryan – Games Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  16. ^ "Matt Ryan consecutive starts streak ends at 154: Here's a look at the NFL's longest quarterback streaks". CBSSports.com. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  17. ^ "Russell Wilson - Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  18. ^ With Russell Wilson injured, Tom Brady has longest active streak of consecutive starts at QB
  19. ^ "Matthew Stafford – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  20. ^ "Joe Flacco – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  21. ^ Meoli, Jon (7 December 2015). "Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to have surgery on injured knee Tuesday". baltimoresun.com.
  22. ^ "Ron Jaworski – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  23. ^ "Ron Jaworski – Bio". Sports Stars USA. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  24. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles All-Time History 1984". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  25. ^ "Tom Brady's 112-game start streak will come to an end". Boston.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  26. ^ "Tom Brady - Game Logs 2015". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  27. ^ "Tom Brady - Game Logs 2008". NFL.com. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  28. ^ "Patriots win, but Brady's injury overshadows game". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  29. ^ "Brady's season over after injuring knee vs. Chiefs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  30. ^ "Tom Brady - Game Logs 2015". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  31. ^ "Joe Ferguson – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  32. ^ "The Month of September in Bills History". BuffaloBills.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  33. ^ "Dan Marino – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  34. ^ "Dolphins Individual Records – Service". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  35. ^ "Derek Carr - Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  36. ^ "Roman Gabriel – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  37. ^ "Johnny Unitas Statistics". ProFootballReference.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  38. ^ "Last game Unitas did not start prior to beginning of starts streak". 49ers Game Books 1958. Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  39. ^ "Josh Allen – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  40. ^ "Jim Everett – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  41. ^ "Richard Todd – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  42. ^ "Aaron Brooks – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  43. ^ "Drew Brees – Game Logs 2015". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  44. ^ "Drew Brees will not play for Saints vs. Panthers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  45. ^ "Trent Green – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  46. ^ "Drew Brees – Game Logs 2009". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  47. ^ "Kirk Cousins Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
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