Joe Burrow has been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks this season. The Ravens’ secondary has been decimated by injuries. The result was not pretty for Baltimore.

Burrow torched the Ravens for 525 passing yards, leading Cincinnati to a pivotal 41-21 win against Baltimore, putting the Bengals a game up in the AFC North with two games left this season.

The 2020 first overall pick has enjoyed a major rebound season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL 10 games into his rookie season. Coming into the matchup, Burrow has the highest PFF passing grade among qualifying quarterbacks. He entered the week ninth in passing yards (3,640), eighth in touchdown passes (29) and fourth in quarterback rating (100.7), though he was also tied for first in interceptions (14) and was second in sacks (44).

The Ravens came into the game with cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Christ Westry and Jimmy Smith out, bringing in Anthony Averett, Robert Jackson and Kevon Seymour as the starting corners.

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Burrow’s game was the biggest of his career, and it came at a pivotal point in the season with Cincinnati eyeing a playoff spot for the first time since 2015. Sporting News takes a look at Burrow’s game, and where it stands in history.

Joe Burrow stats vs. Ravens

The overall numbers on Burrow’s Week 16 performance were video game-esque.

He completed 37 of 46 passes for 525 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed twice for 11 yards.

NFL Next Gen Stats

At first, it looked like Burrow had secured 500 yards earlier in the fourth quarter, when he hit wide receiver Tyler Boyd for a 32-yard touchdown pass to bring his total up to 501. However, the ruling of a catch was overturned, and the Bengals wound up attempting a field goal.

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On the team’s final drive of the game, Burrow threw passes of four yards and 52 yards, the latter of which moving Cincinnati up to the Baltimore 6-yard line and bringing his total yardage up to 525.

The big pass to running back Joe Mixon broke the Bengals’ franchise record of 490 passing yards, set by Boomer Esiason on Oct. 7, 1990, in a 34-31 win against the Rams. It was also the most passing yards ever allowed by the Ravens, surpassing Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger’s record of 506 set on Dec. 10, 2017, according to Stathead.

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A big part of the Bengals’ success in the matchup was the variety of targets for Burrow. Both Tee Higgins and rookie Ja’Marr Chase had more than 100 receiving yards, with Tiggins tallying 194 on 12 receptions, including two touchdowns and Chase hauling in 125 yards on seven receptions. Boyd had 85 receiving yards on three catches, including a touchdown, and Mixon had 70 yards on six catches with a score.

The Bengals are one of only four teams with three receivers each with more than 600 receiving yards this season (Chase, Higgins and Boyd), along with the 49ers, Bills and Cowboys.

List of NFL 500-yard passing games

Burrow’s game was only the 24th in NFL history to tally more than 500 passing yards in the regular season, according to Stathead.

Rams’ QB Norm Van Brocklin had the most passing yards in a game at 554 in a Sept. 28, 1951 contest against the Yanks. Burrow’s 525-yard game is the fourth-most passing yards in a game, behind only Van Brocklin, Warren Moon (527) and Matt Schaub (527).

Roethlisberger has the most 500-plus-yard games with three, his most recent coming in that 2017 game against the Ravens.

Here’s a look at all the previous quarterbacks with at least 500 passing yards.

Norm Van BrocklinSept. 28, 1951RamsYanks554W 54-14
Warren MoonDec. 16, 1990OilersChiefs527W 27-10
Matt SchaubNov. 18, 2012TexansJaguars527W 43-37
Boomer EsiasonNov. 10, 1996CardinalsRedskins522W 37-34
Ben RoethlisbergerOct. 26, 2014SteelersColts522W 51-34
Dan MarinoOct. 23, 1988DolphinsJets521L 30-44
Matthew StaffordJan. 1, 2012LionsPackers520L 41-45
Tom BradySep. 12, 2011PatriotsDolphins517W 38-24
Jared GoffSep. 29, 2019RamsBuccaneers517L 40-55
Derek CarrOct. 30, 2016RaidersBuccaneers513W 30-24
Phil SimmsOct. 13, 1985GiantsBengals513L 30-35
Drew BreesNov. 19, 2006SaintsBengals510L 16-31
Eli ManningSept. 16, 2012GiantsBuccaneers510W 41-34
Vince FerragamoDec. 26, 1982RamsBears509L 26-34
Ben RoethlisbergerDec. 10, 2017SteelersRavens506W 39-38
Tony RomoOct. 6, 2013CowboysBroncos506L 48-51
Drew BreesNov. 1, 2015SaintsGiants505W 52-49
Y.A. TittleOct. 28, 1962GiantsRedskins505W 49-34
Elvis GrbacNov. 5, 2000ChiefsRaiders504L 31-49
Philip RiversOct. 18, 2015ChargersPackers503L 20-27
Ben RoethlisbergerDec. 20, 2009SteelersPackers503W 37-36
Matt RyanOct. 2, 2016FalconsPanthers503W 48-33
Dak PrescottOct. 4, 2020CowboysBrowns502L 38-49