Whereas you will have missed this due to Alvin Kamara’s six-touchdown eruption, Drew Brees has as soon as once more gone the place no different quarterback has gone earlier than. Together with his 311 yards passing in the course of the Saints‘ NFC South-clinching win over the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas, Brees has grow to be the primary participant in NFL historical past to go for 80,000 profession yards.
The veteran got here into Week 16 because the league’s all-time profession passer and wanted simply 154 yards to hit the beforehand untouched milestone. Brees was capable of recover from it courtesy of a nine-yard go to working again Latavius Murray on a third-and-5 state of affairs with 8:40 to play within the third quarter of Friday’s 52-33 win.
With rumors swirling about this presumably being Brees’ ultimate 12 months within the league, he could have yet one more regular-season sport to climb the ladder and set his place in NFL historical past. Whereas he at the moment sits because the league’s all-time passing yards chief, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is true behind him with 78,457 yards. If Brady continues his profession whereas Brees rides off into the sundown following 2020, he’ll have a shot to not solely get previous this 80,000 mark however surpass Brees on the all-time record.
These two quarterbacks are not any strangers to seeing themselves within the all-time quarterback document guide as they’ve additionally been volleying the all-time landing mark. Brees entered the season because the all-time passing landing chief however did dip behind Brady after he missed time as a consequence of damage. Getting into Week 16, Brady has 573 passing touchdowns to Brees’ 568. The Saints quarterback did not throw for a landing in Friday’s win over Minnesota.
Whereas extra will doubtless be a part of Brees — and presumably even leap over him — on this record, it is nonetheless an amazing wall that he is been capable of break by way of earlier than anybody else within the league.