New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke a 27-year-old NFL record during his team’s 45-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. The world watched as Brees threw for 307 yards to give him 5,086 yards for this season, two more than Dan Marino recorded in 1984.
Brees broke the record on his fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yarder to Saints running back Darren Sproles. Brees’ performance was also his 12th 300-yard passing game this season, also an NFL record. He still has one game to play, so he very likely may extend that record while adding to his second 5,000-yard passing season.
Honestly, I was really trying not to think about the record or anything,” Brees said. “I knew we were close. A couple guys mentioned stuff to me on the sideline. I didn’t want to hear it. It’s like a pitcher with a no-hitter, I guess.”
Dan Marino tweeted the following after the game:
Brees gave a very heartfelt speech following the game to his New Orleans teammates which you can watch here.
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