Drew Brees continued to do Drew Brees things after a record-setting performance during the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday afternoon.
He finished the day 31 of 41 for 312 yards and two touchdowns, setting three records in the process. His first touchdown of the day tied legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino‘s career record of 420 passing touchdowns, which was good for fourth all-time. But after his second score, Drew Brees now sits alone at fourth all-time with 421 behind Peyton Manning (539), Brett Favre (508) and Tom Brady (425).
Speaking of Peyton Manning, Brees’ 300-yard day against Tampa Bay ties him with Peyton for most 300-yard passing games in the regular season with 93. With Manning’s days in the NFL numbered, Brees will likely grip and hold that record for a good while. Tom Brady is trailing in second place with 71 career 300-yard games.
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Did I mention both of Drew Brees’ touchdown passes Sunday went to Marques Colston? They were good for touchdown No. 70 and 71 between the two, tying Jim Kelly and Andre Reed for fifth all-time for quarterback-wide receiver duos.
Did you see all those names mentioned above? Brees is in good company as he continues to prove himself as a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame quarterback, when the time comes.
While setting personal records is nice, Brees has bigger plans before he hangs his hat. It’s a tall order and one that may seem unlikely these days, but getting the city of New Orleans another Super Bowl is top priority. Unfortunately, with a boatload of struggles this season in alomost every aspect of the game, 2015 is not the year. But giving up is not an option.
Regardless of the Saints’ win-loss record this year, Drew Brees without question deserves some credit. With a Super Bowl title, nine Pro Bowl selections, a pair of NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards, numerous team records, as well as all-time NFL records, Brees keeps on climbing up the ladder as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football.