20 Players Who Had the Most Interceptions In a Game

20 Players Who Had the Most Interceptions In a Game

Intercepting a pass from an NFL quarterback isn’t easy, but the football players with the most interceptions in a game defied those odds and they did so numerous times. Some players did it twice, some did it three times, and some were skilled enough to do it four times in one game.

Any football player knows that they play a game of matchups. Some nights the matchup is in your favor, while other nights it’s in your opponent’s favor. The best teams in the NFL are the ones with players that can excel and prosper on any given night — favored or unfavored. 

It didn’t matter if the players with the most interceptions in a game were favored or unfavored — they won their matchup that week and they did everything possible to put their team in a position to win. At the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for from a defensive player on game day. 

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Which Players Had the Most Interceptions In a Game?

20 Players Who Had the Most Interceptions In a Game
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Creating turnovers and intercepting passes is an art form in the NFL. Having the timing, the footwork, the anticipation, the IQ, the hand-eye coordination, and the ability to execute not just once, but several times in a live game can deplete a quarterback’s confidence and self-esteem.

It’s something that a quarterback will think about later that night and likely for the rest of their career. They’ll do whatever they can to never have that happen ever again — that’s the type of impact and influence a multi-interception game can have for a defensive player of any position. 

As we count down the players with the most interceptions in a game, we pay homage to some of the greatest defensive performances of all-time. With past and present players colliding in a star-studded list, let’s start off with a few honorable mentions for most interceptions in a game:

Honorable Mentions: Keith Bulluck (3), Antrel Rolle (3), Lofa Tatupu (3), Marcus Trufant (3), Asante Samuel (3), Ty Law (3), Ronde Barber (3), Nate Clements (3), Rod Woodson (3), Champ Bailey (3)

20. Antonio Cromartie – 3 INT

Team: San Diego Chargers

Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

Date: November 11, 2007

Stats: 6 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 passes defensed

It was Week 10 of the 2007 NFL season with the Indianapolis Colts hosting the San Diego Chargers. The Colts were 7-1 entering the game with Peyton Manning under center, while the Chargers were 4-4 with Phillip Rivers leading the way. It was set to be a good matchup. 

Unfortunately for Manning, he threw six interceptions in the 21-23 loss to the Colts — three of which came from Antonio Cromartie. The other three came from Clinton Hart, Matt Wilhelm, and Shaun Phillips. Clint Session finished the game with two interceptions on Rivers.

19. Leon Hall – 3 INT

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Opponent: Cleveland Browns

Date: December 21, 2008

Stats: 2 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defensed, 1 defensive touchdown

It was Week 16 of the 2008 NFL season and the Cincinnati Bengals were hosting the Cleveland Browns. The teams had a combined 7-21-1 record coming into the game, so not much was expected out of it and not much came of it. The Bengals ended up winning the game 14-0.

In the win, Leon Hall led his team with three interceptions on Browns’ quarterback Ken Dorsey. The first interception was returned 50 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter — it was the first score of the game. The other two Hall interceptions came in the third and fourth quarters. 

18. Aqib Talib – 3 INT

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Opponent: Washington Redskins

Date: October 4, 2009

Stats: 4 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defensed

It was Week 4 of the 2009 NFL season and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were playing host to the Washington Redskins. The Bucs were searching for their first win, while the Redskins were 1-2 to start the young season. Despite a 10-0 lead at halftime, Tampa Bay lost the game 13-16. 

In the loss, Aqib Talib caught three interceptions on Redskins’ quarterback Jason Campbell. The first one came with a minute left in the first quarter and the next one came just five minutes into the second quarter. He snatched his third interception in the opening minutes of the fourth.

17. Leigh Bodden – 3 INT

Team: New England Patriots

Opponent: New York Jets

Date: November 22, 2009

Stats: 3 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defensed, 1 defensive touchdown

It was Week 11 of the 2009 NFL season and the New England Patriots were playing host to the New York Jets in a divisional rivalry matchup. The Patriots were 6-3 and the Jets were 4-5, but most people were expecting the Patriots to roll right through them — which is what they did. 

In the win, Leigh Bodden picked off Mark Sanchez three times and the first one was returned for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The second one came just one minute after a Patriots’ score in the second quarter and the third one came in the first 10 seconds of the fourth.

16. Glover Quin – 3 INT

Team: Houston Texans

Opponent: Tennessee Titans

Date: November 28, 2010

Stats: 4 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 passes defensed, 1 quarterback hit

It was Week 12 of the 2010 NFL season and the Houston Texans were hosting the Tennessee Titans. The Texans were 4-6 and the Titans were 5-5, so both teams were looking to gain some momentum as the season winded down. It was Houston that walked away with a 20-0 shutout.

In the victory, Glover Quin finished with three interceptions on Rusty Smith, the first of which came on the opening play of the second quarter. The next one came four minutes into the fourth quarter and the final came with one minute left in the game. It was quite the performance. 

15. Kurt Coleman – 3 INT

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Opponent: Washington Redskins

Date: October 16, 2011

Stats: 7 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defensed, 

It was Week 6 of the 2011 NFL season and the Washington Redskins were hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins were riding high at 3-1 entering the game, while the lowly Eagles were just 1-4. Despite that, the Eagles walked away with a 20-13 road victory. 

Kurt Coleman was the star of the day, intercepting three passes by Rex Grossman — who would throw a total of four in the game. The first by Coleman came just three minutes into the game. The next two Coleman interceptions came just four minutes apart in the third quarter. 

14. Kevin Byard – 3 INT

Team: Tennessee Titans

Opponent: Cleveland Browns

Date: October 22, 2017

Stats: 4 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defensed, 1 tackle for loss

It was Week 7 of the 2017 NFL season and the Cleveland Browns were hosting the Tennessee Titans. The Browns entered the game with an 0-6 record and the Titans were 3-3. Throughout the game, neither team scored a touchdown and the Titans walked away with a 12-9 victory. 

Kevin Byard was a large reason why the Titans won that game with his three interceptions — two on DeShone Kizer and one on Cody Kessler. The first one came with 30 seconds left in the first half and the second came just one minute into the third. His final came in the fourth.

13. Andrew Adams – 3 INT

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Opponent: Carolina Panthers

Date: December 2, 2018

Stats: 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defensed

Andrew Adams is the most recent player to catch three interceptions in one game — something that’s been done over 100 times over the past 70+ years. It came during Week 13 of the 2018 NFL season in a matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. 

All three of Adams’ interceptions were on Cam Newton. The first interception came just seven minutes into the game. The second and third came in the fourth quarter — just five minutes apart. Cam Newton also threw one more interception to Javien Elliott to end his lackluster day.

12. Goose Gonsoulin – 4 INT

Team: Denver Broncos

Opponent: Buffalo Bills

Date: September 18, 1960

Stats: 4 interceptions, 28 interception yards

It was Week 2 of the 1960 AFL season and the Buffalo Bills were hosting the Denver Broncos. The Bills were looking to bounce back after losing their season opener the week before, while the Broncos were looking to continue momentum after starting the season with a 1-0 record.

It was the Broncos that walked away with the 27-21 win, thanks in large part to Goose Gonsoulin, who dominated the defensive end with four interceptions on Tommy O’Connell — he threw five total in the game. On the other end, Broncos’ QB Frank Tripucka threw two picks. 

11. Jerry Norton – 4 INT

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Opponent: Washington Redskins

Date: November 20, 1960

Stats: 4 interceptions, 20 interceptions yards, 3 punts, 132 punt yards

It was Week 9 of the 1960 NFL season and the Washington Redskins were playing host to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redskins were off to a terrible start to the season, while the St. Louis Cardinals were at .500. As expected, the Cardinals beat the Redskins with a score of 26-14.

In the win, Jerry Norton had four of his team’s five interceptions — which was instrumental in their ability to pull out the win. Norton was also the punter for the Cardinals, punting the ball three times for 132 yards in the win. Norton went on to lead the league with 10 interceptions in 1960.

Norton would become the first player to catch four interceptions in two separate games in 1961, doing so again in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers — two of which were returned for a touchdown.

10. Dave Baker – 4 INT

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Opponent: Los Angeles Rams

Date: December 4, 1960

Stats: 4 interceptions, 49 interception yards

It was Week 11 of the 1960 NFL season and the Los Angeles Rams were hosting the San Francisco 49ers in a battle of the California teams. The Rams were 3-5-1 entering this game, while the 49ers were 5-4. It wasn’t much of a contest as the 49ers won with a score of 23-7.

The Los Angeles Rams used two quarterbacks throughout the game — Billy Wade and Frank Ryan. Both of them threw two interceptions and they all went to Dave Baker. To make matters worse, neither quarterback threw a touchdown and the Rams fell to 3-6-1 on the season. 

9. Bobby Ply  – 4 INT

Team: Dallas Texans

Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Date: December 16, 1962

Stats: 4 interceptions, 108 interception yards

It was Week 15 of the 1962 AFL season and the Dallas Texans were playing host to the San Diego Chargers. The Texans led 23-7 at halftime and despite being outscored 10-0 in the third quarter, the Texans walked away with a 26-17 victory and improved to 11-3 on the season. 

During the win, Bobby Ply tallied four interceptions, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to achieve that feat. The San Francisco 49ers went through two quarterbacks in the game — John Hadl threw five interceptions and Val Keckin threw one interception in the loss.

8. Bobby Hunt – 4 INT

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Opponent: Houston Oilers

Date: October 4, 1964

Stats: 4 interceptions, 108 interception yards

It was Week 4 of the 1964 AFL season and the Kansas City Chiefs were playing host to the Houston Oilers. The Chiefs were 1-1 entering the game, while the Oilers were 2-1. After a scoreless first quarter, the Chiefs started to roll and ended up beating the Oilers 28-7. 

During the game, quarterbacks threw a combined eight interceptions — five of which were thrown by George Blanda. Of those five, four were caught by Bobby Hunt and one was returned for a 29-yard touchdown in the third quarter. W.K. Hicks had two picks for the Oilers. 

7. Willie Brown – 4 INT

Team: Denver Broncos

Opponent: New York Jets

Date: November 15, 1964

Stats: 4 interceptions, 91 interception yards

It was Week 10 of the 1964 AFL season and the Denver Broncos were hosting the New York Jets with neither team having a good season entering the game. The Jets scored the first touchdown, but the Broncos responded with 20 unanswered points and eventually won 20-16. 

Willie Brown was the star of the game, finishing with four interceptions in the win. The Jets would throw a total of six interceptions — four by Dick Wood, one by Mike Taliaferro and Matt Snell. The game also featured a punt return touchdown and a safety to increase the excitement.

6. Dick Anderson – 4 INT

Team: Miami Dolphins

Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

Date: December 3, 1973

Stats: 4 interceptions, 121 interception yards, 2 defensive touchdowns

It was Week 12 of the 1973 NFL season and it had been over nine years since a player caught at least four interceptions in a game. That would change when the Miami Dolphins hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers with both teams eyeing the playoffs. It turned out to be an exciting game. 

Miami led 30-3 at halftime, but were outscored 23-0 in the second half. They still won the game 30-26 and Dick Anderson finished with four interceptions — two of which were returned for touchdowns. Terry Bradshaw and Joe Gilliam threw a combined six interceptions in the loss. 

5. Willie Buchanon – 4 INT

Team: Green Bay Packers 

Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Date: September 24, 1978

Stats: 4 interceptions, 77 yards, 1 defensive touchdown

It was Week 4 of the 1978 NFL season and the San Diego Chargers were hosting the Green Bay Packers. The Chargers were just 1-2 on the young season, but the Packers were 2-1 and looking to maintain momentum — which they did with a commanding 24-3 victory in San Diego.

 Willie Buchanon stole the show with four interceptions for Green Bay — one of which was returned for a 77-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Chargers would throw a total of five picks in the game — two each from James Harris and Dan Fouts, and one from Cliff Olander.

4. Deron Cherry – 4 INT

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Opponent: Seattle Seahawks

Date: September 29, 1985

Stats: 4 interceptions, 24 interception yards

It was Week 4 of the 1985 NFL season and it had been seven years since a player caught four interceptions in a game. That would change thanks to Deron Cherry of the Kansas City Chiefs, who picked the Seattle Seahawks off four times in the 28-7 win as Kansas City improved to 3-1.

It wasn’t a pretty game for either team’s quarterbacks. Seattle threw five interceptions — four from Dave Krieg and one from Gale Gilbert — and Kansas City threw three interceptions — two from Todd Blackledge and one from Bill Kenney. Five different players caught an interception.

3. Kwamie Lassiter – 4 INT

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Date: December 27, 1998

Stats: 7 tackles, 4 interceptions, 36 interception yards, 1 pass defensed

It was the final regular season game of the 1998 NFL season and the Arizona Cardinals were playing host to the San Diego Chargers. The Cardinals were looking for a spot in the playoffs and would make it with a tight 16-13 victory over the Chargers thanks to a last-second field goal.

Kwamie Lassiter was the star of the game, finishing with four interceptions and playing a huge role in not allowing the Chargers to score points. All four of his interceptions came against Craig Whelihan and he caught one interception in each quarter. It was an impressive performance.

2. Deltha O’Neal – 4 INT

Team: Denver Broncos

Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs

Date: October 7, 2001

Stats: 3 tackles, 4 interceptions, 69 interception yards, 6 passes defensed

It was Week 4 of the 2001 NFL season — not even a month after the 9/11 terrorist attack. The Denver Broncos were hosting the Kansas City Chiefs early in the year. It was a close 10-6 games at the end of the first half, but 13 unanswered points in the second led to a Broncos’ win.

Trent Green threw four interceptions in this game — all of which were picked off by Deltha O’Neal. His first interception came in the first quarter, but his second didn’t come until the third quarter. He caught two more in the fourth quarter, including one at the two-minute warning. 

1. DeAngelo Hall – 4 INT

Team: Washington Redskins

Opponent: Chicago Bears

Date: October 24, 2010

Stats: 7 tackles, 4 interceptions, 92 interception yards, 4 passes defensed

DeAngelo Hall is the most recent player to catch four interceptions in the same game. He did it during the Washington Redskins’ Week 7 matchup against the Chicago Bears during the 2010 NFL season. The Redskins went on to win 17-14, despite being down 14-10 at halftime. 

Hall wouldn’t notch his first interception until six minutes into the second half, but that’s when he got hot. He would catch two in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter. His third interception was returned for a 92-yard touchdown and was the game-winning touchdown. 

Which Quarterbacks Threw the Most Interceptions In a Game?

As you can see, only 12 players in NFL history have managed to catch four interceptions in the same game and while we’re still waiting to witness the first five-interception game, there have been over 100 players to catch three in the same game. We mentioned some of them above.

Now that you have an idea of who had the most interceptions in a game on the defensive end of the ball, you might be wondering who had the most interceptions in a game on the offensive side of the ball. Trust us, you’ll likely be surprised at some of the names that are featured on that list.  

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Of all the quarterbacks with the most interceptions in a game, only one has thrown eight picks in the past 70 years — Jim Hardy. In addition to that, five quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown seven picks — Ty Detmer, Steve DeBerg, Ken Stabler, Tommy Wade, and Zeke Bratkowski

Nearly 40 have thrown six interceptions — including the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Manning, Joe Namath (twice), George Blanda (three times), and Sammy Baugh.

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