Steve Young, nearly perfect in a brief appearance against Minnesota on Monday night, broke two NFL passing records.
He beat Joe Montana's passer rating of 112.4, set in 1989, with a 112.8. And he eclipsed Ken Anderson's NFL record for completion percentage, set in the 1982 season at 70.55, with a 70.7.Young completed 12 of 13 passes before leaving early in the second quarter. He hit on 325 of 460 passes this season. His 35 TD passes broke Montana's team record of 31.
Young's TD total included a 6-yard pass to Jerry Rice on the second play of the second quarter to tie Monday night's game 7-7. That gave him the highest rating for a season.
Elvis Grbac replaced Young on the next possession.
Rice, who also came out after his touchdown, passed another milestone with the TD catch. It was his fourth reception of the game, giving him 820 for his career and moving him into second place on the career list, one ahead of Steve Largent. Art Monk is the career leader with 933.