After a breathtaking match between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, Drew Brees managed to set an NFL single-season passing record. The Associated Press further reported that the new record broke the mark that Dan Marino held for almost 27 years.
The Monday game ended with a 45-16 victory in favor of the New Orleans Saints. Drew had excellent results; he threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns. The last touchdown was a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles which set the record when there were only 2:51 minutes to go by the end of the game.
Brees’ final move of the game gave him 5,087 yards passing and he still has one more game to play this season. In 1984, Marino scored 5,084 yards for the Miami Dolphins, a record that was exceeded by Drew on Monday.
Drew’ career was greatly improved thanks to the passing record. The four touchdowns gave him 276, that is, better than Joe Montana’s 273 and Vinny Testeverde’s 275. This was not the first time when Drew passed for more than 5,000 yards. In 2008, he had 5,069, so he is now the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for such a long distance twice.
The first passing marked by Drew was 8-yards long and was meant for Marques Colston. The second time, he sent the ball for 9 yards to Jimmy Graham. In the third quarter, Drew scored for 24 yards, thus hanging the numbers on the panel to 28-10.
Given their 463 total yards and 6,857 offensive yards for the season, the Saints also broke the 2008 club record of 6,571 yards. The team continues to close in on the NFL-record of 7,075 offensive yards in a season set by the 2000 St. Louis Rams. Even though Brees was intercepted twice in the game, once in the Falcons’ end zone, the team still managed to take a three-score lead.
Fans became ecstatic when Malcolm Jenkins managed to take the score to 38-16 in the fourth quarter. The end of the game brought further celebration when Drew broke the passing record.