Thirty-six quarterbacks have started a game in Minnesota Vikings history, but few have played as well in their debut as Sam Bradford.

The 28-year-old Bradford was 22-for-31 passing for 286 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, as the Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers 17-14. The performance included a 16-for-23 first half in which he threw for 175 yards and one touchdown.

Bradford finished with an overall passer rating of 121.2 after throwing for 111 yards and another touchdown in the second half. The 2010 first-overall draft pick set a Vikings quarterback record for most passing yards in a team debut. He also had the second-most completions, third-highest completion percentage and third-most passing yards of any Vikings quarterback in his first start.

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Minnesota has played with some big-name quarterbacks over the years, from Fran Tarkenton to Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb, albeit some were not in the prime of their careers. Here are some of the more notable starting debuts by Minnesota quarterbacks:

-- Fran Tarkenton, Sept. 24, 1961, at Dallas: Tarkenton came off the bench a week earlier in his Vikings debut, throwing four touchdown passes as Minnesota defeated the Chicago Bears 37-13. He struggled in his first start for the franchise, however, completing just eight of 24 passes for 117 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 21-7 loss. His 15.5 passer rating that day ranks as the worst by a Vikings quarterback in a starting debut. Tarkenton went on to an 18-year Hall of Fame career, playing 177 games with the Vikings, the most by any quarterback in franchise history.

-- Tommy Kramer, Dec. 11, 1977, at Oakland: Kramer started one game as a rookie, and it did not go well. He completed 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a 35-13 loss. Kramer did not start another game until the 1979 season, when he became the Vikings' full-time starter. He went on to play 128 games with the Vikings, the second most by a quarterback in franchise history.

-- Brett Favre, Sept. 13, 2009, at Cleveland: Favre completed 14 of 21 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown to Percy Harvin, as Minnesota won 34-20. Adrian Peterson rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns that day, including a 64-yard touchdown run during which he shoved off a Cleveland defender. Favre led the Vikings to a 6-0 start that year and finished the season with 33 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a 107.2 quarterback rating.

--Josh Freeman, Oct. 21, 2013, at New York Giants: Minnesota began the 2013 season 0-3, with quarterback Christian Ponder throwing three touchdowns and five interceptions. The team signed Freeman, who had been released by Tampa Bay, during its bye week. Freeman started his first game with the Vikings just two weeks later, completing 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in a 23-7 loss. The game was Freeman's only one with the Vikings, who finished 5-10-1 in what was coach Leslie Frazier's final season.

--Teddy Bridgewater, Sept. 28, 2014 vs. Atlanta: Matt Cassel began the 2014 season as the Vikings' starting quarterback but broke several bones in his foot midway through a Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Bridgewater finished the game in relief, going 12-for-20 passing for 150 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. His first start came the following week, and Bridgewater completed 19 of 30 passes for 317 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions, as the Vikings won 41-28.

Here is the complete list of starting debuts by Vikings quarterbacks:

QB Date Opp Cmp Att Cmp% Yards TD Int Rate Result
Sam Bradford 9/19/2016 Green Bay 22 31 71.0 286 2 0 121.2 W, 17-14
Shaun Hill 9/11/2016 Tennessee 18 33 54.5 236 0 0 77.3 W, 25-16
Teddy Bridgewater 9/28/2014 Atlanta 19 30 63.3 317 0 0 98.9 W, 41-28
Josh Freeman 10/21/2013 New York Giants 20 53 37.7 190 0 1 40.6 L, 23-7
Matt Cassel 9/29/2013 Pittsburgh 16 25 64.0 248 2 0 123.4 W, 34-27
Donovan McNabb 9/11/2011 San Diego 7 15 46.7 39 1 1 47.9 L, 24-17
Christian Ponder 9/11/2011 Green Bay 13 32 40.6 219 2 2 59.2 L, 33-27
Joe Webb 12/28/2010 Philadelphia 17 26 65.4 195 0 0 87.8 W, 24-14
Brett Favre 9/13/2009 Cleveland 14 21 66.7 110 1 0 95.3 W, 34-20
Brooks Bollinger 11/11/2007 Green Bay 16 26 61.5 176 0 1 65.5 L, 26-16
Kelly Holcomb 9/23/2007 Kansas City 14 28 50.0 169 0 0 68.9 L, 13-10
Tarvaris Jackson 12/21/2006 Green Bay 10 20 50.0 50 0 1 35.4 L, 9-7
Gus Frerotte 9/28/2003 San Francisco 16 21 76.2 267 4 0 157.2 W, 35-7
Spergon Wynn 12/30/2001 Green Bay 11 30 36.7 114 1 3 20.0 L, 24-13
Todd Bouman 12/9/2001 Tennessee 21 31 67.7 348 4 1 131.5 W, 42-24
Daunte Culpepper 9/3/2000 Chicago 13 23 56.5 190 0 1 65.5 W, 30-27
Jeff George 10/24/1999 San Francisco 15 28 53.6 250 3 1 104.8 W, 40-16
Randall Cunningham 12/7/1997 San Francisco 16 31 51.6 178 2 1 77.1 L, 28-17
Brad Johnson 9/8/1996 Atlanta 15 26 57.7 275 2 1 103.8 W, 23-17
Warren Moon 9/4/1994 Green Bay 20 37 54.1 166 0 3 32.0 L, 16-10
Jim McMahon 9/5/1993 Los Angeles Raiders 15 27 55.6 161 0 2 42.4 L, 24-7
Sean Salisbury 11/29/1992 Los Angeles Rams 23 34 67.6 238 0 1 75.4 W, 31-17
Rich Gannon 9/30/1990 Tampa Bay 19 36 52.8 253 2 2 70.7 L, 23-20
Tony Adams 10/4/1987 Green Bay 14 23 60.9 234 1 1 91.6 L, 23-16
Archie Manning 10/28/1984 Chicago 14 24 58.3 138 0 1 57.3 L, 16-7
Wade Wilson 12/17/1983 Cincinnati 16 28 57.1 124 1 2 50.3 W, 20-14
Steve Dils 11/2/1980 Washington 18 29 62.1 200 2 0 105.5 W, 39-14
Tommy Kramer 12/11/1977 Oakland 16 34 47.1 177 1 3 36.0 L, 35-13
Norm Snead 10/3/1971 Buffalo 12 21 57.1 150 0 2 39.9 W, 19-0
Bob Lee 12/5/1970 Chicago 5 12 41.7 92 1 0 96.5 W, 16-13
Gary Cuozzo 9/21/1969 New York Giants 13 28 46.4 255 2 1 87.6 L, 24-23
Joe Kapp 10/8/1967 St. Louis 12 22 54.5 281 1 2 76.9 L, 34-24
Bob Berry 12/4/1966 Atlanta 12 33 36.4 203 1 5 28.5 L, 20-13
Ron Vander Kelen 12/15/1963 Philadelphia 8 16 50.0 75 0 0 63.3 W, 34-13
Fran Tarkenton 9/24/1961 Dallas 8 24 33.3 117 0 2 15.5 L, 21-7
George Shaw 9/17/1961 Chicago 2 3 66.7 22 0 0 88.2 W, 37-13

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