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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Marino sets NFL passing records
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Dec. 17, 1984
In only his second season in the NFL, Dan Marino completes in spectacular style the most remarkable year a quarterback has ever had. He throws four touchdown passes, including two bombs to Mark Clayton in the final 2½ minutes, to lift the Dolphins to a 28-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Miami.
Marino, 23, extends his touchdown-pass record to 48, obliterating the previous mark of 36 set by Y.A. Tittle. Torching the Cowboys for 340 yards (on 23 completions in 40 attempts), Marino is the only quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season. He finishes with 5,084, breaking Dan Fouts' record of 4,802, in leading the Dolphins to an AFC-best record of 14-2.
With three touchdown catches, Clayton sets an NFL record of 18 for the season.
Marino, the sixth quarterback selected in the 1983 draft, will be voted the NFL's MVP and take the Dolphins to the Super Bowl, where they will lose to the San Francisco 49ers, 38-16.
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