Posted on 27 December 2011.
NEW ORLEANS — 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 five,084 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles in Monday night’s 45-16 win against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Honestly, I was genuinely trying not to believe about the record or something,” Brees mentioned. “I knew we had been 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.”
As Sproles spiked the ball, Brees thrust his fist triumphantly in the air and started walking toward midfield although the Superdome crowd went wild and his teammates chased him down. Offensive lineman Carl Nicks was the 1st one to get there and tried to lift Brees onto his shoulder, but couldn’t do it as teammates swarmed about.
“If I could have put him on my shoulders and paraded him about the whole stadium I would have performed that. He deserves it,” Nicks said. “It’s like a movie, man. Just a movie ending. It’s beautiful. … You could tell by every person’s reaction soon after he did it how much folks care about that guy. We all enjoy him.”
Marino tweeted following the record-setting play: “Congrats to @drewbrees. Excellent job by such a unique player.”
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 occasions this season — with 1 game nevertheless to play. This was his sixth consecutive 200-yard game, which ties an NFL record also shared by Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Wealthy Gannon.
Brees threatened Marino’s record once just 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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