In the history of the NFL, many records have been set. However, some have proved difficult to break, and these we consider the unbreakable NFL Records.
Some of these records are a classic example that some records may never be broken even if they are matched.
With the rules being changed, styles evolving, and more matches being played seasons after seasons in the NFL, one would think that these records would be broken easily, but this is not the case.
So, let’s look at the top unbreakable records of all time in the NFL, and the year each of them was set.
The Most Unbreakable NFL Records
15. Tom Brady’s Five Touchdown Passes in One Quarter (2009)
In 2009, due to what many have come to label “gross incompetence” on the Titans, Tom Brady created a record of Five Touchdown Passes in one Quarter.
It’s difficult to see this record being broken because most groups don’t get six possessions in just a quarter.
14. 336 Interceptions by Brett Favre (1991–2010)
Though there are a significant number of gunslingers, not one of them possesses longevity and durability like the legendary No. 4. At the age of 24 and 39, respectively, Favre led the NFL in interceptions, both good and bad.
With the prevalence of short-to-intermediate passes in the current NFL era, quarterbacks don’t throw much picks because they don’t take that much chances downfield anymore.
13. 4,409 Rushing Attempts by Emmitt Smith (1990–2004)
Barry Sanders would’ve been NFL’s rushing king had he stayed for two more seasons. But Smith’s rushing yards record will always live to be remembered.
During Smiths’s spectacular career, he achieved a record-breaking 18,355 rushing yards. This feat, for sure, will not be outclassed anytime soon.
12. Losing Four Straight Super Bowls (1990–93)
It is convincingly arguable that a team can win four consecutive Super Bowls before another team loses the same. The Bills were not competitive in the three Super Bowl games after their wide-right loss of one-point in the XXV Super Bowl in the early 90s.
Their defeat margin was an average of 16.5 points in four games, including the 1990 season one-point loss.
11. Sebastian Janikowski’s 76-Yard Field Goal Attempt (2008)
In 2008, to the surprise of many fans, Sebastian attempted a 76-yard field goal that landed just about 10 to 11 yards off the mark.
In as much as the NFL does not keep track of the longest shot at goal, especially one that came very close to scoring some points, it is difficult to believe that a player could have the audacity to make a similar attempt from that far range and come close to scoring.
10. 73 Points in a Postseason Game (1940)
In the year 1940, the most lopsided game in the history of the NFL happened at the NFL Championship. In the match, the Bears humiliated the Redskins by forcing nine turnovers and scoring 11 touchdowns behind their T-formation at the Griffith Stadium.
Their 73-0 win was a fantastic victory because the same Redskins won 7-3 against them three weeks before, and as though that was not enough for them, they were called quitters when the going got tough by Griffith; the owner of the Redskins.
9. 22,895 Receiving Yards by Jerry Rice (1985-2004)
There are many records set by Rice that will probably remain untouched. However, his record of the all-time winner in the receiving yard is mouth-watering.
Although Fitzgerald sits close to the record, he would have to play for about 6 to 7 more seasons to match the record.
8. 13 Consecutive Shutouts (1920–21)
The team outscored their opponents 175-0 over 13 consecutive games, consisting of 10 wins and 3 ties. This occurred in 1920 and 1921 which were the first two seasons of the NFL.
Pro football was a less sophisticated sport back then, so stopping a run lowered your opponent’s chance of scoring a point, unlike the modern day’s offense-heavy era.
7. Two Safeties in One Game by Fred Dryer (1973)
“A Safety” is one of the least common scorings in football that occurs once every 14.31 games, and this started in 1932. Multiple safeties are rare and have only occurred 20 times in the last seventy years.
Dryer as one of the most underrated defenders in the history of the NFL made an impact while still playing for the Rams by scoring two safeties in one game of his 13-year football career, which is a lifetime achievement.
6. Percy Harvin’s 104-Yard Kick Return Without Scoring (2011)
Unlike most kick returners that are told by their coaches to take knees for a touchback, Harvin did the same but with a kickoff of about 7-yards deep.
However, his 104-yard play being the longest and non-scoring in the history of the NFL was as a result of the Falcons cornerback Owens, giving him a diving tackle and thereby bringing him down at the 3-yard line.
5. Ben Roethlisberger’s Two-Game Streak with at Least Six Touchdowns (2014)
So far, there have only been multiple numbers of six-touchdowns by nine quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Patrick Mahomes has been the only one to match Ben Roethlisberger‘s record in three games with six-touchdowns back-to-back but has not been able to beat it.
4. Six Ties in a Season (1932)
The NFL had no overtime periods between 1920 and 1973, thereby making a game a draw after a knotted score when a regulation ends. In 1932, the Bears played six games of which, the first three were consecutive games.
Yet they were all ties with no score. However, since the sudden-death overtime period was first implemented in 1974, the NFL has had a total of 24 ties.
There has been no more than one tie by any team in each season.
3. Andy Livingston scoring a Touchdown at 20 (1964)
Livingston was one of the five youngest players to score a touchdown before his 21st birthday in NFL history. At 19, he was granted a hardship exception to leave school early before scoring a return kick at a game in his second football career.
Players like Amobi Okoye (2007) and Tremaine Edmunds (2018) were also drafted before 19.
2. Otto Graham’s 10 Straight Championship Game Appearances (1946–55)
Regarded by some experts as the game’s best quarterback ever, this Hall of Famer did what many NFL players have not been able to do. In short, her record is considered one of the top Unbreakable Records in the NFL.
Otto led his team to ten straight championship games. Many players have tried to do this, the closest being Jim Kelly of Buffalo Bills, but their attempts have not been enough to match Otto’s record.
1. 32-Point Comeback (1993)
The 32-points Comeback made by the Buffalo Bills in 1993 is, to this day, considered the biggest Comeback of NFL History. It is considered top on the list of most unbreakable NFL records of all time.
It was a game against the Houston Oilers, and they were down by 35-3 deficit in the game, but with the experience of their backup, Frank Reich, they changed the game and won, advancing to the Super Bowl, which they eventually lost.
Apart from a 31-point comeback by the college team at the University of Maryland, there is no NFL point comeback close to this.