published Monday, December 26th, 2011

Drew Brees sets NFL single-season passing record

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees smiles on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees smiles on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees has broken the NFL record for yards passing in a season, surpassing a mark that had stood since Dan Marino set it in 1984.

Brees topped Marino's record of 5,084 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles on Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

Brees entered the game with 4,780 yards, needing 305 to set the record. He has passed for 300 yards or more an NFL-record 12 times this season — with one game still to play.

Brees threatened Marino's record once before in 2008, when he finished with 5,069 yards, making him and Marino the only quarterbacks to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.

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GeorgiaRebel said...

Congratulations. This was a great effort

December 27, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

Breesus, what an athlete!

December 27, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
moonpie said...

He's an amazing QB and person. I hope he has the dignity and grace to acknowledge he did this at a time when the NFL was a passer's league, when quarterbacks and receivers have received increased protections and on fields that make passing easier (dry, warm domes rather than frigid or wet stadiums). I hope he mentions some of that, because Marino seems to have the grace not to.

December 28, 2011 at 5:21 a.m.
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