Peyton Manning isn’t the only quarterback setting amazing NFL records these days.
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers set the league mark for the most accurate performance in a 400-yard game, completing 35-of-42 passes (83.3 percent) in the Chargers’ win over the Dallas Cowboys.
After Rivers INT Returned for TD
The previous accuracy mark was 81.8 percent, set by Jeff Garcia for the 2000 San Francisco 49ers against the Chicago Bears on a day in which Terrell Owens caught 20 passes for 283 yards and Jerry Rice was his secondary receiver.
Rivers may not have had quite that level of support, but he had a variety of receivers to choose from.
For the second time this season, four different Chargers caught multiple throws more than 10 yards downfield. Last season, San Diego never had more than three receivers catch more than one deep throw in a game.
Rivers was 9-for-11 for 230 yards on those throws in this game. That’s continued a run of success he’s had this season. Coming into the game, he had completed 62 percent of those passes, second-best among qualified quarterbacks.
Rivers was 3-for-10 when throwing the ball that long against the Texans, but completed 12 of his 18 throws at least 10 yards downfield against the Eagles, and all six against the Titans.
The image below shows how Rivers has fared on throws of varying lengths over the last two seasons. Though the season is only one-quarter of the way through, Rivers' performance in all areas, particularly on long throws, has been vastly better than how he did throughout 2012.