NFL Passing Touchdowns Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player TD Tm
2018Patrick Mahomes (22)50KAN
2017Russell Wilson (28)34SEA
2016Aaron Rodgers (32)40GNB
2015Tom Brady (38)36NWE
2014Andrew Luck (24)40IND
2013Peyton Manning (37)55DEN
2012Drew Brees (33)43NOR
2011Drew Brees (32)46NOR
2010Tom Brady (33)36NWE
2009Drew Brees (30)34NOR
2008Drew Brees (29)34NOR
2008Philip Rivers (26)34SDG
2007Tom Brady (30)50NWE
2006Peyton Manning (30)31IND
2005Carson Palmer (25)32CIN
2004Peyton Manning (28)49IND
2003Brett Favre+ (33)32GNB
2002Tom Brady (25)28NWE
2001Kurt Warner+ (30)36STL
2000Daunte Culpepper (23)33MIN
2000Peyton Manning (24)33IND
1999Kurt Warner+ (28)41STL
1998Steve Young+ (36)36SFO
1997Brett Favre+ (27)35GNB
1996Brett Favre+ (26)39GNB
1995Brett Favre+ (25)38GNB
1994Steve Young+ (32)35SFO
1993Steve Young+ (31)29SFO
1992Steve Young+ (30)25SFO
1991Jim Kelly+ (31)33BUF
1990Warren Moon+ (33)33HOU
1989Jim Everett (26)29RAM
1988Jim Everett (25)31RAM
1987Joe Montana+ (31)31SFO
1986Dan Marino+ (24)44MIA
1985Dan Marino+ (23)30MIA
1984Dan Marino+ (22)48MIA
1983Lynn Dickey (33)32GNB
1982Terry Bradshaw+ (34)17PIT
1982Dan Fouts+ (31)17SDG
1982Joe Montana+ (26)17SFO
1981Dan Fouts+ (30)33SDG
1980Steve Bartkowski (27)31ATL
1979Steve Grogan (26)28NWE
1979Brian Sipe (30)28CLE
1978Terry Bradshaw+ (30)28PIT
1977Bob Griese+ (32)22MIA
1976Ken Stabler+ (30)27OAK
1975Joe Ferguson (25)25BUF
1975Fran Tarkenton+ (35)25MIN
1974Ken Stabler+ (28)26OAK
1973Roman Gabriel (33)23PHI
1973Roger Staubach+ (31)23DAL
1972Billy Kilmer (33)19WAS
1972Joe Namath+ (29)19NYJ
1971John Hadl (31)21SDG
1970John Brodie (35)24SFO
1969Daryle Lamonica (28)34OAK
1969Roman Gabriel (29)24RAM
1968John Hadl (28)27SDG
1968Earl Morrall (34)26BAL
1967Sonny Jurgensen+ (33)31WAS
1967Daryle Lamonica (26)30OAK
1966Frank Ryan (30)29CLE
1966Len Dawson+ (31)26KAN
1965John Brodie (30)30SFO
1965Len Dawson+ (30)21KAN
1964Babe Parilli (34)31BOS
1964Frank Ryan (28)25CLE
1963Y.A. Tittle+ (36)36NYG
1963Len Dawson+ (28)26KAN
1962Y.A. Tittle+ (35)33NYG
1962Len Dawson+ (27)29DTX
1961George Blanda+ (33)36HOU
1961Sonny Jurgensen+ (27)32PHI
1960Al Dorow (30)26NYT
1960Johnny Unitas+ (27)25BAL
1959Johnny Unitas+ (26)32BAL
1958Johnny Unitas+ (25)19BAL
1957Johnny Unitas+ (24)24BAL
1956Tobin Rote (28)18GNB
1955Tobin Rote (27)17GNB
1955Y.A. Tittle+ (28)17SFO
1954Adrian Burk (26)23PHI
1953Bobby Thomason (25)21PHI
1952Jim Finks+ (25)20PIT
1952Otto Graham+ (30)20CLE
1951Bobby Layne+ (24)26DET
1950George Ratterman (23)22NYY
1949Frankie Albert (29)27SFO
1949Johnny Lujack (24)23CHI
1948Frankie Albert (28)29SFO
1948Tommy Thompson (32)25PHI
1947Sammy Baugh+ (33)25WAS
1947Otto Graham+ (25)25CLE
1946Otto Graham+ (24)17CLE
1946Sid Luckman+ (29)17CHI
1946Bob Waterfield+ (26)17RAM
1945Sid Luckman+ (28)14CHI
1945Bob Waterfield+ (25)14RAM
1944Frank Filchock (27)13WAS
1943Sid Luckman+ (26)28CHI
1942Cecil Isbell (27)24GNB
1941Cecil Isbell (26)15GNB
1940Sammy Baugh+ (26)12WAS
1939Frank Filchock (22)11WAS
1938Bob Monnett (28)9GNB
1937Bernie Masterson (26)9CHI
1936Arnie Herber+ (26)11GNB
1935Ed Danowski (23)10NYG
1934Arnie Herber+ (24)8GNB
1933Harry Newman (24)11NYG
1932Arnie Herber+ (22)9GNB
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