By the metrics, no one in their right mind would ever take Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback over Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. He's generally considered to be a solid journeyman quarterback who's played for eight different teams over 15 years.
And yet, with his stellar performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Fitzmagic has tied the aforementioned stars in one notable category. The Harvard product is now on par with Rodgers and has surpassed Brady in career games with 400+ yards and four touchdowns, turning in the fourth such outing of his career in Week 16.
Perhaps what's more incredible is that Brady and Rodgers haven't had more games of that caliber. Sure, it's remarkably difficult to achieve a stat-line of that nature, but surely two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the sport would have achieved the feat more than seven times combined?
Fitzpatrick threw for 419 yards and four touchdowns en route to leading the Dolphins to a 38-35 win in overtime against the Bengals, in a game that offered more theatrics than almost any other game played this season.
On the season, the 37-year-old has now thrown for 19 touchdowns and 3,209 yards. That's not too shabby for a veteran who didn't even know if he was going to start at all this season.