Ken Anderson passed a legend today.
The Cincinnati Bengals' 13-year pro completed 27 of 31 passes and threw for two touchdowns in his team's 35-28 triumph over the Houston Oilers that broke a record seemingly as old as football.
With his amazing passing day, which included a league-record 20 straight completions at one point, Anderson unofficially finished the regular season having completed 70.55 percent of his pass attempts--the best mark in NFL history.
NFL Hall of Fame member Sammy Baugh had held the record with a 70.33 completion percentage, achieved in 1945 when he played for the Washington Redskins. Despite the fact the 1982 season was reduced to nine games, Anderson threw more passes this season than Baugh did in his record-breaking year.
Baugh, 68, reached at his cattle ranch in Rotan, Texas, said he was surprised his season completion percentage record had not been broken before Anderson did it.
"You know, they've got so many good quarterbacks in the league today and everything favors the passing game. I'll be surprised if Kenny's new record isn't broken soon," he said.
Baugh said it was toward the end of his 15-year pro career that he completed 70 percent of his passes.
Anderson finished the year with 218 completions out of 309 attempts. He said said he was not aware of the record until after the game.
"I did not know about it. I don't think about things like that. I thought I threw real well and I was pleased with my performance," Anderson said.
Anderson's streak of 20 consecutive completions broke the mark of 18 straight set by Denver's Steve DeBerg earlier this year.
Anderson passed one yard to tight end Don Ross for a score and 44 yards to Isaac Curtis for another touchdown. The Bengals also scored on Archie Griffin's 10-yard run, Pete Johnson's one-yard run and Charles Alexander's four-yard run.
Cincinnati (7-2) clinched at least one home playoff.