Elusive 158.3 QBR Has Been Accomplished 78 Times

Published on December 29th, 2021 10:56 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Kurt Warner is one of two players who have had multiple perfect passer ratings. Since the start of the NFL, the perfect passer rating of 158.3 has been accomplished a total of 78 times.

While the QBR didn't start getting tracked until 1971, we are able to apply the rating to games going back to the start of the NFL.


First off - how does a quarterback accomplish a perfect passer rating of 158.3?

It's not easy - these four things all have to happen:

1. Post a completion percentage of at least 77.5%

2. Throw for at least 12.5 yards per attempt

3. Throw at least 1 touchdown for every 8.421 attempts

4. Throw zero interceptions

So, quarterbacks have to have a very high efficiency game that includes a number of longer completions and touchdowns. There can be no interceptions and a healthy amount of touchdowns relative to attempts.


The first player to ever record a perfect passer rating?

That would be Ray Mallouf, who accomplished the task on October 17th, 1948.

The last player to have a perfect rating of 158.3? Tom Brady, who accomplished the feat on December 26th, 2020. In that game, Brady had a stat line of 22-27 with 348 passing yards and 4 passing TDs.


A number of players, including Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner, have had multiple 158.3 scores over the course of their careers.

Jared Goff had the most ever passing yards in a 158.3 game, as he passed for 465 yards on September 27th, 2018.

Nick Foles had 7 passing touchdowns in a 158.3 game on November 3rd, 2013. This remains the record for most passing touchdowns in a perfect passer rating game.

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