List of National Football League Annual Pass Completion Percentage Leaders
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List of National Football League Annual Pass Completion Percentage Leaders

This is a list of National Football League quarterbacks who have led the regular season in pass completion percentage each year.[1] The record for completion percentage in a season is held by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints who completed 74.4% of his passes in 2018. Five quarterbacks have led the NFL in completion percentage in four different seasons (Sammy Baugh, Bart Starr, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Drew Brees), and one player (Len Dawson) achieved the same feat in the AFL. Otto Graham led the AAFC in 1947 and the NFL three times (1953-1955).

Completion percentage leaders

Drew Brees set the single-season completion percentage record five times and holds the career record.
Set record* Tied record^
Year Player Completion % Team Ref
1933 Arnie Herber 40.3%* Green Bay Packers [2]
1934 Arnie Herber (2) 36.5% Green Bay Packers [3]
1936 Ed Matesic 46.4%* Pittsburgh Pirates [4]
1937 Ed Danowski 49.3%* New York Giants [5]
1938 Ed Danowski (2) 54.3%* New York Giants [6]
1939 Parker Hall 51.0% Cleveland Rams [7]
1940 Sammy Baugh 62.7%* Washington Redskins [8]
1941 Cecil Isbell 56.8% Green Bay Packers [9]
1942 Sammy Baugh (2) 58.7% Washington Redskins [10]
1943 Sammy Baugh (3) 55.6% Washington Redskins [11]
1944 Frank Filchock 57.1% Washington Redskins [12]
1945 Sammy Baugh (4) 70.3%* Washington Redskins [13]
1946 Sammy Baugh (5) 54.0% Washington Redskins [14]
1947 Sammy Baugh (6) 59.3% Washington Redskins [15]
1948 Sammy Baugh (7) 58.7% Washington Redskins [16]
1949 Sammy Baugh (8) 56.9% Washington Redskins [17]
1950 Bob Waterfield 57.3% Los Angeles Rams [18]
1951 Bobby Thomason 56.6% Green Bay Packers [19]
1952 Norm Van Brocklin 55.1% Los Angeles Rams [20]
1953 Otto Graham 64.7% Cleveland Browns [21]
1954 Otto Graham (2) 59.2% Cleveland Browns [22]
1955 Otto Graham (3) 53.0% Cleveland Browns [23]
Bobby Layne Detroit Lions
1956 Ed Brown 57.1% Chicago Bears [24]
1957 Y. A. Tittle 63.1% San Francisco 49ers [25]
1958 John Brodie 59.9% San Francisco 49ers [26]
1959 Milt Plum 58.6% Cleveland Browns [27]
Billy Wade Los Angeles Rams
1960 Milt Plum (2) 60.4% Cleveland Browns [28]
1961 Milt Plum (3) 58.6% Cleveland Browns
1962 Bart Starr 62.5% Green Bay Packers [29]
1963 Y. A. Tittle (2) 60.2% New York Giants
1964 Bart Starr (2) 59.9% Green Bay Packers [30]
1965 John Brodie (2) 61.9% San Francisco 49ers
1966 Bart Starr (3) 62.2% Green Bay Packers [31]
1967 Johnny Unitas 58.5% Baltimore Colts
1968 Bart Starr (4) 63.7% Green Bay Packers [32]
1969 Sonny Jurgensen 62.0% Washington Redskins
1970 Sonny Jurgensen (2) 59.9% Washington Redskins
1971 Virgil Carter 62.2% Cincinnati Bengals
1972 Norm Snead 60.3% New York Giants
1973 Ken Stabler 62.7% Oakland Raiders
1974 Ken Anderson 64.9% Cincinnati Bengals [33]
1975 Len Dawson 66.4% Kansas City Chiefs [34]
1976 Ken Stabler (2) 66.7% Oakland Raiders [35]
1977 Fran Tarkenton 60.1% Minnesota Vikings
1978 Bob Griese 63.0% Miami Dolphins
1979 Dan Fouts 62.6% San Diego Chargers
1980 Joe Montana 64.5% San Francisco 49ers
1981 Joe Montana (2) 63.7% San Francisco 49ers
1982 Ken Anderson (2) 70.6%* Cincinnati Bengals [36]
1983 Ken Anderson (3) 66.7% Cincinnati Bengals [37]
1984 Steve Bartkowski 67.3% Atlanta Falcons
1985 Joe Montana (3) 61.3% San Francisco 49ers
1986 Eric Hipple 63.0% Detroit Lions
1987 Joe Montana (4) 66.8% San Francisco 49ers
1988 Wade Wilson 61.4% Minnesota Vikings
1989 Joe Montana (5) 70.2% San Francisco 49ers
1990 Jim Kelly 63.3% Buffalo Bills
1991 Dave Krieg 65.6% Seattle Seahawks
1992 Steve Young 66.7% San Francisco 49ers [38]
1993 Troy Aikman 69.1% Dallas Cowboys
1994 Steve Young (2) 70.3% San Francisco 49ers [39]
1995 Steve Young (3) 66.9% San Francisco 49ers [40]
1996 Steve Young (4) 67.7% San Francisco 49ers [41]
1997 Steve Young (5) 67.7% San Francisco 49ers [42]
1998 Brett Favre 63.0% Green Bay Packers
Steve Beuerlein Carolina Panthers
1999 Kurt Warner 65.1% St. Louis Rams
2000 Kurt Warner (2) 67.7% St. Louis Rams
2001 Kurt Warner (3) 68.7% St. Louis Rams
2002 Chad Pennington 68.9% New York Jets
2003 Peyton Manning 67.0% Indianapolis Colts
2004 Brian Griese 69.3% Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 Carson Palmer 67.8% Cincinnati Bengals
2006 David Carr 68.3% Houston Texans
2007 Tom Brady 68.9% New England Patriots
2008 Chad Pennington (2) 67.4% Miami Dolphins
2009 Drew Brees 70.6%^ New Orleans Saints [43]
2010 Drew Brees (2) 68.1% New Orleans Saints
2011 Drew Brees (3) 71.2%* New Orleans Saints [44]
2012 Peyton Manning (2) 68.6% Denver Broncos
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
2013 Philip Rivers 69.5% San Diego Chargers
2014 Tony Romo 69.9% Dallas Cowboys
2015 Kirk Cousins 69.8% Washington Redskins
2016 Sam Bradford 71.6%* Minnesota Vikings [45]
2017 Drew Brees (4) 72.0%* New Orleans Saints [46]
2018 Drew Brees (5) 74.4%* New Orleans Saints [47]
2019 Drew Brees (6) 74.3% New Orleans Saints

Top 25 single-season completion percentage leaders

The NFL requires players to reach certain minimums to qualify as a leader in per-game stats, percentage stats, and passer rating. Since 1978 the minimum number is 14 pass attempts per team game (224 per season). These are the completion percentage leaders as compiled by Pro football reference.[48]

Updated through the 2020 season
Rank Player Completion % Team Season
1 Drew Brees 74.4% New Orleans Saints 2018
2 Drew Brees (2) 74.3% New Orleans Saints 2019
3 Drew Brees (3) 74.0% New Orleans Saints 2020
4 Drew Brees (4) 72.0% New Orleans Saints 2017
5 Sam Bradford 71.6% Minnesota Vikings 2016
6 Drew Brees (5) 71.2% New Orleans Saints 2011
7 Drew Brees (6) 70.6% New Orleans Saints 2009
Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals 1982
9 Derek Carr 70.4% Oakland Raiders 2019
10 Sammy Baugh 70.3% Washington Redskins 1945
Steve Young San Francisco 49ers 1994
Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans 2019
13 Joe Montana 70.2% San Francisco 49ers 1989
14 Kirk Cousins 70.1% Minnesota Vikings 2018
15 Drew Brees (7) 70.0% New Orleans Saints 2016
16 Tony Romo 69.9% Dallas Cowboys 2014
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons 2016
18 Kirk Cousins (2) 69.8% Washington Redskins 2015
19 Carson Wentz 69.6% Philadelphia Eagles 2018
20 Philip Rivers 69.5% San Diego Chargers 2013
21 Matt Ryan (2) 69.4% Atlanta Falcons 2018
22 Brian Griese 69.3% Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004
23 Drew Brees (8) 69.2% New Orleans Saints 2014
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota Vikings 2004
25 Troy Aikman 69.1% Dallas Cowboys 1993
Kirk Cousins (3) Minnesota Vikings 2019
Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers 2019
Rank Player Completion % Team Season

Other leagues

All-America Football Conference (AAFC)

American Football League (AFL)

Most titles

Titles Player Years Team(s)
8 Sammy Baugh 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945-1949 Washington Redskins
Len Dawson 1962, 1964-1969, 1975 Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs
6 Drew Brees 2009-2011, 2017-2019 New Orleans Saints
5 Joe Montana 1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989 San Francisco 49ers
Steve Young 1992, 1994-1997 San Francisco 49ers
4 Bart Starr 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968 Green Bay Packers

See also

References

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