Marcus Mariota posts 2nd-most accurate performance in NFL history in loss to Texans

Quarterback play in the NFL has reached ridiculous levels.

Even losing passers are threatening NFL records.

A day after Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers set an NFL record with 25 completions to start a game in a 28-for-29 day, Marcus Mariota found himself in a similar position.

Marcus Mariota misses just one pass

The Tennessee Titans quarterback hit his first 19 passes Monday night against the Houston Texans. But his 20th attempt hit the ground as he looked to find running back Derrick Henry in the flat during a late desperation drive in the 34-17 loss to the Houston Texans.

Mariota didn’t miss another pass and finished 22-of-23 for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns, good for a 147.7 quarterback rating and 95.7 completion percentage, the second most accurate game in NFL history behind Rivers’ performance. Not a bad day, except for the whole losing the football game thing.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota does a television interview following a practice at NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota warms up before an NFL football preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota finally is ready for his home debut this preseason. It won't be easy against the St. Louis defense in a nationally televised game Sunday night, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, file photoTennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) leads his teammates on to the field before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Mariota was magnificent in outdueling fellow Heisman Trophy owner Jameis Winston in the Titans' rout of the Buccaneers last Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano during the second half of an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Mariota has 13 touchdown passes in only six games (he missed two because of a knee injury), putting him on pace to beat Peyton Manning’s rookie record of 26 touchdown passes set for Indianapolis in 1998. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
Tennessee Titans injured quarterback Marcus Mariota watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a pass before an NFL football game Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) tosses the ball to an official after being sacked for a 10-yard loss by the Indianapolis Colts in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota waves to fans as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 36-22. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes against the Green Bay Packers in the first half of an NFL football game, in Nashville, Tenn. Mariota has been voted the 2016 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year after leading the Titans to their first winning record since 2011 in his second season. (AP Photo/James Kenney, File)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) fumbles the ball for a turnover during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota leaves the field on a cart after he was injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) leaps over Chicago Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) in the first half of an NFL football preseason game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) falls just short of the goal line as he dives between Cincinnati Bengals defenders Adam Jones (24) and Michael Johnson (90) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota speak at midfield after an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota throws before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) leaves the field after the Titans beat the New England Patriots in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 34-10. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
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Mariota also took six sacks as the Texans outgained the Titans on the ground, 281 yards to 105, which somewhat explains how Tennessee managed to score just 17 points with Mariota’s big day.

Dubious place in record book

The loss also puts Mariota in rare company considering his accuracy. According to Pro Football Reference, a quarterback has completed 90 percent or more of his passes on at least 20 attempts in a regular season game just nine other times since 1950.

The only other quarterback to do it in a losing effort was Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who achieved the dubious feat in a Week 2 loss this season to the Denver Broncos while hitting on 29-of-32 pass attempts.

Rivers is on the list twice, for his performance Sunday and a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.

While the stats look good for Mariota, he’d likely trade the performance for a win, as the Titans’ already long-shot playoff hopes got even longer as they fell to 5-6.

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