Coming into Week 16’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ryan needed 231 passing yards to hit the 4,000-yard plateau for 2019. He achieved that mark with a 3-yard completion to Julio Jones in the closing stages of the first half. This makes nine consecutive such seasons for the Boston College alum.
Ryan started the streak back in 2011 and through prolific seasons and a masterclass of durability, has continued it throughout the end of the decade. He has the longest such active streak in the NFL, with Phillip Rivers in second place with seven such seasons.
Drew Brees is the only quarterback left in Ryan’s crosshairs when it comes to the NFL record. Brees had 11 such seasons, from 2006-2017. His run ended when he fell just short with 3,992 passing yards in 2018 because he was rested in Week 17. In fairness, Brees’ streak would not have continued through 2019 as he had 2,447 yards coming into Week 16.
Last season, Ryan surpassed Peyton Manning for most passing yards through a QB’s first 11 seasons. This year, Ryan moved into the top 10 on the all-time passing yards list. The records continue to fall.