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PI Finds: Brandon Marshall does it again

Posted by Chase Stuart on December 13, 2009

Before today, only two players had grabbed 18 or more passes in a game since 1960: Brandon Marshall and Terrell Owens. Owens set the NFL record when he caught 20 passes against the Bears, in Jerry Rice's final home game as a San Francisco 49er. Owens stole the show that day from the future Hall of Fame receiver. Today, Brandon Marshall broke Owens' record, but didn't manage to steal the show from another future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning.

Below are the games with the most individual receptions in the NFL since 1960. Brandon Marshall now owns two of the top three slots.

Player Age Date Tm H/R Opp Result W# Day Rec Yds Y/R TD
Brandon Marshall 26-265 2009-12-13 DEN @ IND L 16-28 14 Sun 21 200 9.5 2
Terrell Owens 27-010 2000-12-17 SFO CHI W 17-0 16 Sun 20 283 14.2 1
Brandon Marshall 24-175 2008-09-14 DEN SDG W 39-38 2 Sun 18 166 9.2 1
Clark Gaines 26-233 1980-09-21 NYJ SFO L 27-37 3 Sun 17 160 9.4 0
Troy Brown 31-082 2002-09-22 NWE KAN W 41-38 3 Sun 16 176 11.0 1
Keenan McCardell 26-288 1996-10-20 JAX @ STL L 14-17 8 Sun 16 232 14.5 0
Sonny Randle 26-302 1962-11-04 STL @ NYG L 28-31 8 Sun 16 256 16.0 1
Jerry Rice 32-038 1994-11-20 SFO RAM W 31-27 12 Sun 16 165 10.3 3
Flipper Anderson 24-264 1989-11-26 RAM @ NOR W 20-17 12 Sun 15 336 22.4 1
William Andrews 25-325 1981-11-15 ATL PIT L 20-34 11 Sun 15 124 8.3 0
Isaac Bruce 23-044 1995-12-24 STL MIA L 22-41 17 Sun 15 210 14.0 1
Chris Chambers 27-114 2005-12-04 MIA BUF W 24-23 13 Sun 15 238 15.9 1
Steve Largent* 33-020 1987-10-18 SEA @ DET W 37-14 5 Sun 15 261 17.4 3
Andre Reed 30-295 1994-11-20 BUF GNB W 29-20 12 Sun 15 191 12.7 2
Jimmy Smith 31-214 2000-09-10 JAX @ BAL L 36-39 2 Sun 15 291 19.4 3
Wes Welker 28-205 2009-11-22 NWE NYJ W 31-14 11 Sun 15 192 12.8 0
Kellen Winslow* 26-337 1984-10-07 SDG @ GNB W 34-28 6 Sun 15 157 10.5 0
Jason Witten 25-217 2007-12-09 DAL @ DET W 28-27 14 Sun 15 138 9.2 1
Rickey Young 26-009 1979-12-16 MIN @ NWE L 23-27 16 Sun 15 116 7.7 1

The Colts won the game, giving them an NFL record 114 wins in the decade of the '00s. The 49ers had previously held the record for most wins in a arbitrary decade beginning in a year ending with "0", with 113 wins in the '90s. Additionally, the Colts and Saints became the sixth and seventh teams to start a season 13-0. As if that wasn't enough, the Colts also became the first team to ever win 22 straight regular season games, breaking the record held by New England. After losing 21-0 to the Dolphins in week 14 of the 2006 season, the Patriots won their final three regular season, went 16-0 in '07, and then won their first two games last year before falling 38-13 to Miami in week three.

The Colts weren't just setting team records today, though. With another four-touchdown passing game, Manning is now tied with Brett Favre and Dan Marino with 22 total games of four-touchdown passes or more, most in NFL history.

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