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Passing Touchdowns

What does Passing Touchdowns Mean?

A play by the offense in which the team completes a forward pass to an eligible receiver and gains possession in the end zone prior to the play being whistled dead. A passing touchdown is worth six points. Most passing touchdowns are thrown by the quarterback. A passing touchdown counts if the player catches the ball in the end zone, or if the player catches the ball prior to the end zone but manages to enter the end zone prior to being tackled or forced out of bounds.


Sporting Charts explains Passing Touchdowns

Teams will use a variety of strategies to gain a passing touchdown. On some routes, the ball will be thrown directly into the end zone to try and have an offensive player catch the ball. For other routes, the ball will be thrown to try and give the offensive player a chance to advance the ball after catching it. Passing touchdowns are most often used as a statistic to measure a quarterback's effectiveness, since the quarterback is the person most likely to throw a passing touchdown. The player who catches the score is considered to have a "receiving touchdown".

Leaders in career passing touchdowns include Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

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