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Ranking the top 10 most unbreakable NFL records

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 8/11/2017 Alan Siegel

Getty © Getty Getty Every year, NFL players put up eye-popping numbers. Here are the top 10 most unbreakable records in league history.

10. Most receiving yards in a single game, Willie "Flipper" Anderson

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Even in this era of video game-like passing stats, nobody has been able to beat Flipper Anderson's single-game receiving record. On November 26, 1989, against the Saints, the speedy receiver racked up 336 yards on 15 catches.

9. Most consecutive starts, Brett Favre

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During his Hall of Fame career, quarterback Brett Favre was extraordinarily durable. From 1992 through 2010, when he was 41, he started a whopping 297 consecutive regular-season games. The active leader, Eli Manning, has started 199 straight.

8. Most sacks in a single game, Derrick Thomas

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Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas was never better than he was on November 11, 1990. That day, he amassed a single-game NFL record seven sacks. He almost had eight, but couldn't quite bring Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg down as time expired.

7. Most career interceptions, Paul Krause

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Safety Paul Krause, a key member of Minnesota's Purple People Eaters defense in the '70s, piled up a whopping 81 career interceptions. The active INT leader, DeAngelo Hall, has 43. Krause's record doesn't appear to be in jeopardy.

6. Most seasons leading NFL in touchdowns, Don Hutson

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It's hard to overstate just how dominant Packers receiver Don Hutson was in the '30s and '40s. Among the NFL records he held, this might be the most impressive: he led the league in touchdowns in eight of his 11 seasons.

5. Most points in a season, LaDainian Tomlinson

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Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who was just inducted into the Hall of Fame, had a season for the ages in 2006. That year, he scored 31 total touchdowns (28 rushing, 3 receiving) to set the the single-season scoring record (186 points) once held by Green Bay's Paul Hornung (176 points).

4. Most rushing yards in a season, 1978 Patriots

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In 1978, the Patriots were an unstoppable force on the ground. That year, they gained an NFL record 3,165 rushing yards. The real stars of the campaign were John Hannah and the rest of New England's offensive line. The '78 Patriots didn't have a single running back gain close to 1,000 yards; their leading rusher, Sam Cunningham, had 768.

3. Most career rushing yards, Emmitt Smith

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During his exceptionally productive, decorated career, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith amassed an NFL record 18,355 rushing yards. The mark won't be eclipsed any time soon. Smith's closest active challenger, Frank Gore, has 13,065 yards. Next on the list is Adrian Peterson with 11,747. Both are in their 30s.

2. Most career wins, Don Shula

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Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula retired with an NFL record 328 victories. Not even Bill Belichick, the active leader with 237 wins, will likely top it. The 65-year-old Patriots coach would need to coach well into his 70s to eclipse Shula.

1. Most career touchdowns, Jerry Rice

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Even in this age of prolific offenses, Jerry Rice's record of 208 career touchdowns appears to be untouchable. The active leader, Antonio Gates, has 111. He's 37. Oh, and Rice also still holds bunches of receiving records.

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