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Fran Tarkenton

Francis Asbury Tarkenton (The Scrambler)

Position: QB
Height: 6-0    Weight: 190 lbs.
Throws: Right

Born: February 3, 1940 in Richmond, VA
High School: Athens
College: Georgia   (school history)    (Tarkenton college stats)
Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd round (29th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft.
Drafted by the Boston Patriots in the 5th round (34th overall) of the 1961 AFL Draft.

Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 149 (6th overall since 1950)
9-time Pro Bowler & 1-time First-Team All-Pro (fine print)
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1986, finalist in 1984, 1985

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Fran Tarkenton's Career 4th quarter comebacks and game-winning drives

The research for this page was done by Scott Kacsmar. Read his extensive three-part article (Part I - Part II - Part III) for full details.

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30 fourth quarter comebacks, 34 game-winning drives

Age is Years-Days
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
1 1963 1 1963-09-15 23-224 MIN @ SFO W 24-20 20 29 68.97% 262 1 1 94.3 9.03 8.17 4 18 4.50 0 4QC / GWD
2 1963 11 1963-11-24 23-294 MIN DET W 34-31 16 24 66.67% 261 1 1 99.5 10.88 9.83 4 9 2.25 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
3 1964 4 1964-10-04 24-244 MIN @ GNB W 24-23 11 16 68.75% 177 1 0 126.3 11.06 12.31 6 49 8.17 0 4QC / GWD
4 1964 7 1964-10-25 24-265 MIN @ SFO W 27-22 11 22 50.00% 136 0 1 50.6 6.18 4.14 3 10 3.33 1 4QC / GWD
5 1964 13 1964-12-06 24-307 MIN @ NYG W 30-21 13 29 44.83% 244 2 0 97.5 8.41 9.79 7 24 3.43 1 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
6 1965 3 1965-10-03 25-242 MIN @ RAM W 38-35 17 25 68.00% 249 2 1 110.2 9.96 9.76 3 3 1.00 0 GWD
7 1965 6 1965-10-24 25-263 MIN @ SFO W 42-41 21 35 60.00% 407 3 0 129.1 11.63 13.34 2 -3 -1.50 0 4QC / GWD
8 1965 14 1965-12-19 25-319 MIN @ CHI W 24-17 13 29 44.83% 208 2 1 77.9 7.17 7.00 5 -1 -0.20 0 4QC
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
9 1966 1 1966-09-11 26-220 MIN @ SFO T 20-20 10 27 37.04% 105 0 1 33.7 3.89 2.22 6 58 9.67 0 4QC
10 1966 8 1966-11-06 26-276 MIN @ GNB W 20-17 16 26 61.54% 172 0 0 80.9 6.62 6.62 5 22 4.40 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
11 1967 4 1967-10-08 27-247 NYG NOR W 27-21 18 28 64.29% 348 2 1 116.4 12.43 12.25 8 41 5.13 0 4QC / GWD
12 1967 5 1967-10-15 27-254 NYG @ PIT W 27-24 18 29 62.07% 287 2 1 103.7 9.90 9.72 5 34 6.80 1 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
13 1968 7 1968-10-27 28-267 NYG @ WAS W 13-10 14 26 53.85% 129 0 2 35.6 4.96 1.50 5 16 3.20 0 4QC / GWD
14 1968 9 1968-11-10 28-281 NYG @ DAL W 27-21 16 24 66.67% 187 2 0 117.9 7.79 9.46 5 35 7.00 1 GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
15 1969 1 1969-09-21 29-230 NYG MIN W 24-23 19 34 55.88% 224 3 0 105.5 6.59 8.35 7 13 1.86 0 4QC / GWD
16 1969 3 1969-10-05 29-244 NYG CHI W 28-24 14 25 56.00% 227 4 0 126.2 9.08 12.28 3 21 7.00 0 4QC / GWD
17 1969 13 1969-12-14 29-314 NYG @ PIT W 21-17 17 31 54.84% 205 3 1 94.2 6.61 7.10 3 3 1.00 0 4QC / GWD
18 1969 14 1969-12-21 29-321 NYG CLE W 27-14 14 26 53.85% 257 1 0 101.0 9.88 10.65 1 0 0.00 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
19 1970 4 1970-10-11 30-250 NYG PHI W 30-23 15 29 51.72% 180 0 1 56.7 6.21 4.66 2 8 4.00 0 GWD
20 1970 8 1970-11-08 30-278 NYG DAL W 23-20 15 26 57.69% 170 1 0 90.2 6.54 7.31 6 25 4.17 0 4QC / GWD
21 1970 9 1970-11-15 30-285 NYG WAS W 35-33 23 34 67.65% 320 1 2 83.0 9.41 7.35 7 47 6.71 0 4QC / GWD
22 1970 11 1970-11-29 30-299 NYG @ WAS W 27-24 23 35 65.71% 252 2 1 94.0 7.20 7.06 2 11 5.50 0 GWD
23 1970 12 1970-12-06 30-306 NYG BUF W 20-6 11 19 57.89% 141 2 0 116.3 7.42 9.53 1 -1 -1.00 0 GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
24 1971 9 1971-11-14 31-284 NYG @ ATL W 21-17 14 26 53.85% 152 1 1 68.1 5.85 4.88 4 12 3.00 1 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
25 1972 5 1972-10-15 32-255 MIN @ DEN W 23-20 19 30 63.33% 182 1 0 91.2 6.07 6.73 2 21 10.50 0 4QC / GWD
26 1972 7 1972-10-29 32-269 MIN @ GNB W 27-13 13 22 59.09% 192 0 0 87.7 8.73 8.73 1 0 0.00 0 4QC
27 1972 9 1972-11-12 32-283 MIN DET W 16-14 15 27 55.56% 121 0 0 67.1 4.48 4.48 0 0 0 4QC / GWD
28 1972 10 1972-11-19 32-290 MIN @ RAM W 45-41 14 28 50.00% 319 4 0 130.8 11.39 14.25 1 9 9.00 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
29 1973 15 1973-12-22 33-322 MIN WAS W 27-20 16 28 57.14% 222 2 1 91.7 7.93 7.75 4 1 0.25 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
30 1974 4 1974-10-06 34-245 MIN @ DAL W 23-21 17 27 62.96% 283 2 0 122.9 10.48 11.96 2 12 6.00 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
31 1975 7 1975-11-02 35-272 MIN @ GNB W 28-17 24 30 80.00% 285 3 1 125.7 9.50 10.00 1 -1 -1.00 0 4QC / GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
32 1976 10 1976-11-14 36-285 MIN SEA W 27-21 26 31 83.87% 274 2 0 125.0 8.84 10.13 5 9 1.80 0 4QC / GWD
33 1976 11 1976-11-21 36-292 MIN @ GNB W 17-10 23 43 53.49% 180 2 0 79.6 4.19 5.12 5 0 0.00 0 GWD
34 1976 13 1976-12-05 36-306 MIN GNB W 20-9 23 32 71.88% 195 0 1 74.3 6.09 4.69 0 0 0 GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
35 1977 5 1977-10-16 37-255 MIN CHI W 22-16 16 30 53.33% 201 0 1 60.6 6.70 5.20 0 0 0 4QC / GWD
36 1977 7 1977-10-30 37-269 MIN @ ATL W 14-7 16 26 61.54% 235 2 3 77.1 9.04 5.38 1 -2 -2.00 0 GWD
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
37 1978 13 1978-11-26 38-296 MIN @ GNB T 10-10 20 37 54.05% 199 1 4 39.0 5.38 1.05 2 0 0.00 0 4QC
38 1978 14 1978-12-03 38-303 MIN PHI W 28-27 30 56 53.57% 289 4 3 69.7 5.16 4.18 2 -4 -2.00 0 4QC / GWD

2 other games of note

Age is Years-Days
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
1 1964 11 1964-11-22 24-293 MIN @ DET T 23-23 11 18 61.11% 130 1 1 78.5 7.22 5.83 5 13 2.60 0 QB deserves little credit
Passing Rushing
Rk Year G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A AY/A Att Yds Y/A TD Notes
2 1975 4 1975-10-12 35-251 MIN NYJ W 29-21 18 28 64.29% 244 2 1 100.9 8.71 8.54 0 0 0 QB deserves no credit