Drew Brees came up just short three years ago, finishing only 15 yards short of Dan Marino’s single season passing yards record of 5,084 passing yards. He took care of business with a game to spare tonight, as he threw a touchdown pass to Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter, passing Dan Marino with 307 yards for the game, and 5,087 for the season.
Brees got off to a hot start and looked like he would easily surpass the mark, but then the second half saw him stagnate, as the Saints slowed, and New Orleans also got a defensive score. With just over 5 minutes left, New Orleans got the ball at the Atlanta 33, up 38-16, and with Brees needing 30 to get the record. Sean Payton and Brees went for it, running only once for one yard, as Brees marched down the field with (likely) his final opportunity of the game.
Congratulations to Drew Brees, the new single season passing yardage leader. Of course, he can’t just rest if he wants to keep the record. Tom Brady is only 190 yards behind entering the final week.
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