Luckman, Baugh have outstanding days

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:19 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 14, 1943

Two of football's greatest quarterbacks put on magnificent performances 250 miles apart.

At the Polo Grounds in New York, the Bears' Sid Luckman sets NFL records of seven touchdown passes and 433 yards through the air in leading Chicago to a 56-7 pasting of the Giants before 56,691 fans.

Luckman expects to be removed in the third quarter after his fifth touchdown pass, but the coaches keep him in when they realize he has a chance to break Sammy Baugh's record of six touchdowns set only two weeks ago. Luckman gets the mark by throwing for two TDs in the fourth quarter.

In completing 23-of-30 aerials, Luckman becomes the first NFL player to pass for more than 400 yards, beating Cecil Isbell's mark by exactly 100.

While Baugh loses his TD record, he has quite a day of his own before 35,540 chilled fans at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Redskins star becomes the only player to throw for four touchdown passes and make four interceptions in the same day.

Baugh is the first player to intercept four passes in a game.

He plays all but 95 seconds in the Redskins' 42-20 victory over the Detroit Lions. Besides completing 18-of-30 passes for 180 yards, he also specializes in quick kicking, with one traveling 81 yards.