The National Football League has been around since 1920 and over the last 94 years, there have been some epic single game performances. There are some, however, that are just better than all the rest. It could be because of the number of yards passed for, or rushing yards gained, or touchdowns scored, but these ten performances are just a cut above the rest.
It is always hard to narrow down a list to just ten great games. There are so many more that need to be left off for one reason or another. The Randy Moss game on Thanksgiving 1998 didn’t make this list even though he had three catches that all went for touchdowns. This list involves going above and beyond three touchdown catches. There are many on this list that come from games played over fifty years ago when the NFL was a different league, one that didn't only play on Sundays.
Here are the top ten greatest single performances in NFL history.
10 Bob Shaw (Oct. 2, 1950)
9 Y.A. Tittle (Oct. 28, 1962)
8 Jamal Lewis (Sept. 14, 2003)
7 Glyn Milburn (Dec. 10, 1995)
6 Brandon Marshall (Dec. 13, 2009)
5 Norm Van Brocklin (Sept. 28, 1951)
4 Flipper Anderson (Nov. 26, 1989)
3 Adrian Peterson (Nov. 4, 2007)
2 Derrick Thomas (Nov. 11, 1990)
1 Gale Sayers (Dec. 12, 1965)
There is one game that tops all the single game performances on this list. It is the six-touchdown performance by Gale Sayers on the muddy grass at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Sayers did everything on this day with 113 rushing yards on nine carries for four touchdowns. He added two receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown, and topped it off with a dramatic 85-yard punt return in the fourth quarter for his record sixth touchdown of the day. The Chicago Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 61-20 on that Sunday and Sayers’ final touchdown came with the Bears already winning 47-20. There will be games where players score multiple touchdowns, but the way Sayers moved through the mud and scored in multiple ways puts him safely at the top of this list.
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