#2: September 4th, 1994 vs. Patriots
23 for 42/ 473 yards/ 5TD/ 1INT/124.3 rating
This was the game that stuck out in my head when creating this list, and it took a seriously stellar performance to knock this one out of the top spot.
It was the first game of the 1994 season, the year after Marino missed 11 games with an Achilles injury. He wasted no time getting back to his original form, as he began the campaign with the best statistical game of his career. His 473 yards and 5 touchdowns are both the second most for Marino in any single game.
It took every ounce that Marino had. Drew Bledsoe had a heck of a day for the Patriots, throwing for over 400 yards and putting up an impressive 4 touchdowns himself. The Dolphins would win 39-35. Had he not thrown the one interception and had a completion percentage better than 54, it would have been Marino’s finest day as a pro.
#1: September 2nd, 1984 @ Redskins
21 for 28/ 311 yards/ 5TD/ 0INT/ 150.4 rating
What a way to kick off what would be one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history.
Dan Marino was beginning his first season as the full-time starter after showing promise during the latter portion of his rookie year. He started off the year with a bang as the Dolphins traveled to Washington to play the Redskins. He completed 75 percent of his passes and accumulated 311 yards, but it was his touchdown to interception ratio that truly stood out.
Marino threw for five scores that day and made nary a mistake, starting off the season with a blistering 5:0 TD/INT ratio. That combined with his completion percentage was good enough for a QB rating of 150.4, the highest mark of his career. His 11.11 yards per attempt was his fifth-most ever.