Can You Identify These QB-WR Duos?

Gavin Thagard

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The clock's under two minutes, and time is ticking away second by second. Your team needs a touchdown to win the game. Luckily, you have one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and his favorite target is lined up to the right. Everyone in the stadium knows who the pass is going to, but that doesn't change a thing for this quarterback and wide receiver. They come to the line of scrimmage and dare the defense to stop them. 

There's something special about watching a great quarterback and wide receiver combo. When two players have outstanding chemistry, it's a spectacle to watch it play out on the field. Defenses do everything in their power to stop the prolific duo but to no avail. The defense just can't keep the duo from hooking up time and time again as they set records and win games. 

How well do you know the best quarterback and wide receiver tandems throughout NFL history? Do you know which players were able to win championships together? What about the players who set regular-season records playing alongside one another? 

Here's a quiz where you can test your knowledge on just that. If you're ready for a challenge, see if you can pass this quiz!

These two players led a team that went undefeated in the regular season. Who are they?

Playing alongside Tom Brady, Randy Moss set the single-season receiving touchdowns record in 2007. Moss caught 23 passes for touchdowns that year, which is one more than Jerry Rice caught in 1987.

This wide receiver caught an NFL record 143 passes beside this quarterback. Who are they?

Marvin Harrison helped the Colts win a Super Bowl at the end of the 2006 season. He played two more years after that before retiring from the league.

In 2014, this receiver caught a career-high 98 receptions playing with this quarterback. Who are they?

Aaron Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP. One of his MVP awards came in 2014 when he threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns.

These two won a Super Bowl together at the end of the 1994-95 season. Who are they?

Steve Young was given the difficult task of following the legacy of Joe Montana in San Fransisco. Young was able to cement a legacy of his own in 1994-95 when he won the Super Bowl and was named the Super Bowl MVP.

Playing 12 seasons together in the late '50s and '60s, who are this quarterback and wide receiver?

Raymond Berry started coaching after leaving the NFL at the end of the 1967 season. The height of Berry's coaching career came in 1984 when he took over as the head coach of the New England Patriots.

This quarterback and wide receiver are both in the NFL Hall of Fame. Who are they?

After the Cowboys' decline in the '80s, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin led the franchise back to prominence in the '90s. Together, they won three Super Bowls throughout the decade.

Playing in an era where passing was a rarity, who are these two players who put up insane numbers for their time?

1960 was Norm Van Brocklin's final season in the NFL. That year, he threw for over 2,400 yards and 24 touchdowns on his way to an NFL MVP award and an NFL championship.

This quarterback and wide receiver struggled to make the playoffs, but they put up big numbers in the regular season. Who are they?

Sonny Jurgensen led the NFL in passing yards five different times throughout his career. In his best season, he threw for 3,747 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Both of these players were selected to multiple Pro Bowls during their careers. Who are they?

Fred Biletnikoff competed in Super Bowl XI with the Oakland Raiders. After catching four passes for 79 yards, Biletnikoff was named the Super Bowl MVP.

These two played for the legendary Cowboys' coach Tom Landry. Who are they?

Don Meredith became a football analyst after leaving the NFL. He was once part of "Monday Night Football" when it originally aired on ABC.

Both of these players were snubbed from the Hall of Fame for years, although the quarterback eventually made it in a year after his death. Who are they?

Over the course of the late '70s and early '80s, the Raiders won three Super Bowls. One of the only constants during those three Super Bowl was Cliff Branch who caught passes in all three.

These two were part of "The Greatest Show on Turf." Who are they?

Led by "The Greatest Show on Turf," the Rams defeated the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. The game was memorable for coming down to the final play where Titans' receiver Kevin Dyson came up one yard short of scoring the winning touchdown.

This quarterback and receiver played beside each other for nine seasons with the Chargers. Who are they?

Over the course of his career, Lance Alworth set an NFL record for the most games with 200 or more receiving yards. Two of those games came in 1963 when he played beside John Hadl.

These two were part of the "Air Coryell" offense in the late '70s and '80s. Who are they?

The "Air Coryell" offense was named after San Diego Chargers' head coach Don Coryell. Coryell coached the Chargers from 1978 until 1986.

This wide receiver and quarterback were good enough to win four Super Bowls together. Who are they?

Terry Bradshaw rarely put up crazy stats in the regular season and barely completed over 50% of his passes throughout his career. However, Bradshaw was a legend in the playoffs, winning four Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP awards.

Playing beside each other in Super Bowl I, who are these two players?

Super Bowl I featured the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Led by head coach Vince Lombardi, the Packers won the game 35-10.

These two players helped Miami win the franchise's only two Super Bowls. Who are they?

Bob Griese and Paul Warfield were part of the only undefeated season in NFL history in 1972-73. That year, the Dolphins went 14-0 with a victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

From 2001 until 2010, this receiver caught 69 touchdown passes from this quarterback. Who are they?

Peyton Manning had neck surgery which forced him to miss the 2011 season. Instead of sticking with their veteran quarterback, the Colts decided to part ways with Manning who joined the Denver Broncos.

These two helped turn the Cowboys into "America's Team" in the '70s. Who are they?

Roger Staubach played college football at the U.S. Navy Academy and served in the Navy after graduating. While in college, Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963.

These two were prolific during their early career before an injury halted the receiver. Who are they?

Brett Favre was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 but was traded to Green Bay for a first-round draft pick. Favre went on to play 16 seasons​ with the Packers.

Together, these players won five championships together in the pre-Super Bowl era. Who are they?

Otto Graham spent his entire NFL career with the Cleveland Browns. He retired after winning an NFL championship in 1955.

This wide receiver and quarterback connected over 100 times per season every year they played except one. Who are they?

Wes Welker played in two Super Bowls with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. However, the Patriots lost both of those Super Bowls to the New York Giants.

This duo tore the league apart until a horrific leg injury ended the quarterback's career. Who are they?

Art Monk pulled in 106 receptions in the 1984 season. That made him the first player in the Super Bowl era with over 100 receptions in a season.

Setting the single-season receiving yards record in 2012, who is this receiver and who did he catch passes from?

Calvin Johnson retired at the end of the 2015 season. The move surprised many considering Johnson was still in the prime of his career.

This receiver helped this quarterback deliver on his promise to win a championship in New York. Who are they?

Joe Namath played college football for Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama. Under Bryant, Namath guided the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1964.

These two had a short career together in Minnesota but racked up incredible stats. Who are they?

Chris Carter caught a record 122 passes in the 1994 season. That record only stood for a year, however, as Herman Moore caught 123 passes the next season.

These two helped the Raiders reach the Super Bowl in 2002, where they met their former coach. Who are they?

The Raiders played the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Buccaneers were coached by Jon Gruden, who had left the Raiders in the offseason.

These two players ended a 49ers' dynasty that lasted through the '80s and '90s. Who are they?

Terrell Owens was viewed as a diva-receiver throughout his NFL career. He particularly had problems with Donovan McNabb who he played with in Philadelphia.

These two never won a championship together despite having one of the best offenses ever. Who are they?

Dan Marino was the first quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season. He accomplished the feat in 1984, only his second season in the league.

Known for "The Catch" in the 1981 NFC Championship, who are these two?

Joe Montana started the 49ers dynasty that lasted through the '80s and the '90s. He was eventually replaced by Steve Young and spent his final few seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs​.

This duo played beside one another on two different teams. Who are they?

Steve McNair and Derrick Mason helped the Titans reach Super Bowl XXXIV. The Titans were defeated by the Rams after coming up one-yard short in the final seconds of the game.

The winners of Super Bowl I, who is this duo?

The Green Bay Packers won both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. Bart Starr was named the MVP of both games.

These two players became stars in the NFL despite playing for small schools in college. Who are they?

Brett Favre played for the Green Bay Packers through the 2007 season. Initially retiring, Favre came back to play for both the Jets and the Vikings.

These two players lost four Super Bowls together. Who are they?

Super Bowl XXV was the closest the Bills came to winning a Super Bowl during their four-year run. That year, they lost on a last-second field goal against the New York Giants.

This duo led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl in Arizona. Who are they?

Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the most consistent receivers in the history of the NFL. Even at the age of 34, Fitzgerald caught 109 passes for 1,156 yards.

Though they faltered in the playoffs together, this duo had great success in the regular season. Who are they?

Randy Moss was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1998. That season, Moss set a rookie-record by catching 17 touchdown passes.

Winning back to back Super Bowls in the late '90s, who are these two?

John Elway played in five Super Bowls throughout his lengthy NFL career. Elway lost the first three title games before winning two and retiring after his second one.

This duo put up franchise-record numbers for the Bengals for seven seasons. Who are they?

Chad Ochocinco's NFL career only lasted 11 seasons. He spent all but one of those seasons with the Bengals. His final year was played with the Patriots.

This receiver helped this quarterback win an NFL MVP award in 2016. Who are they?

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI against the Patriots. After taking a 28-3 lead in the third quarter, the Patriots fought back and won the game with the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

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