Colts: Philip Rivers tosses 400th career TD pass to Mo Alie-Cox
By Jerry Trotta
Colts QB Philip Rivers threw his 400th career TD pass to tight end Mo Alie-Cox against the Jets on Sunday.
Fans in Indianapolis had to wait a little longer than usual for the Colts offense to take the field on Sunday, as cornerback Xavier Rhodes took an interception of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold 44 yards to the house on the opening drive of the game to give Indy an early lead.
After conceding a touchdown on the subsequent possession, Philip Rivers took his first snap with the game already tied at 7-7. However, the wait for fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium was well worth it, as the eight-time Pro Bowler came out on fire, completing all four of his passes for 40 yards and a touchdown strike to tight end Mo Alie-Cox.
The score was a special one for Rivers, as it was the 400th TD pass of his esteemed career.
According to Pro Football Reference, Rivers is just the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach that milestone, and he is now just 20 touchdowns behind Dan Marino for the No. 5 spot on that list. Assuming the 38-year-old makes it through the 2020 season with a clean bill of health, you have to think he will leapfrog the Dolphins legend before the end of the year.
If we’re being honest, the way the Jets defense has played after falling behind early so far this season, we wouldn’t be surprised if Rivers continues chipping away at Marino’s milestone over the next two-plus quarters.
This moment is exactly what Rivers deserves, as he’s been one of the most consistent and durable signal callers over the last 15 years. Let’s hope he keeps up this level of play for the rest of the game and the Colts come out of Week 3 with a win over an inferior Jets side.