Philip Rivers Leads Colts to Win over Titans, Moves in Top 5 on NFL’s All-Time Passing List

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers in September. Photo by Romeo Guzman/CSM/Shutterstock (10775737k)

It was a great night on Thursday for Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Philip Rivers as he not only led his team to an important 34-17 win over divisional rivals Tennessee Titans but also certified his place in NFL history.

Rivers finished the game with 308 yards, which took his career total to 61,666 passing yards and pushed him on the fifth place of NFL’s All-Time passing list. The 38-year-old player jumped over Hall of Famer Dan Marino with Brett Favre (71,838), Peyton Manning (71,940), Tom Brady (76,969), and Drew Brees (79,536) sitting in front of him.

“Those guys up there on that list, I don’t know that I’m in their category, and that’s okay, but Dan Marino was on my wall,” said Rivers about the achievement. “He was a poster on my wall as a young boy in Decatur and Athens, Alabama, so it’s special.”

2020 is proving to be an achievement-filled season for Rivers considering that he previously jumped over Marino on the all-time completions list while becoming just the sixth player in the history of the league to throw more than 400 touchdown passes.

Rivers threw just one TD pass on Thursday, but that was enough for his Colts to grab a victory since running back Nyheim Hines was in the mood and delivered two additional scores. Indianapolis are now sitting at the top of the AFC South with a 6-3 record and tiebreaker over Tennessee.