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Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:38 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 11:46 pm
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Brees needed just 16 games to surpass Marino's mark of 5,084 passing yards in a season. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

There was a time early in Drew Brees' NFL career when he was benched for Doug Flutie. It happened in 2003, his third year in the league, back in San Diego when he played for head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Two years later, Brees injured his throwing shoulder during a meaningless late-season game, a few months after that he was a free agent with an uncertain future, and by 2006 he was the Saints' starting quarterback.

And now Brees has broken Dan Marino's single-season passing record. He needed 305 yards to reach the 5,085-yard milestone, one more than Marino had for the entire 1984 season.

Brees became the official record holder in the fourth quarter of Monday night's Week 16 game against the Falcons. It came on a second-down play from the Falcons' 9-yard line. Fittingly, it was a touchdown pass, Brees' fourth of the game, and it gave New Orleans a 45-16 lead. The game was stopped temporarily to honor Brees' accomplishment. A New Orleans victory will clinch the NFC South. (They'll earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a victory next Sunday and a loss by the 49ers.)

This isn't the first time Brees has made a run at Marino. He finished 2008 with 5,069 yards, 15 yards shy of Marino's record.

"We talked about it after the '08 season," Brees said last week according to Nola.com. "And at the time it was kind of just like, OK, we made our run at it, and the chances of that happening again are probably really, really slim."

Saints head coach Sean Payton was asked if Marino's longstanding record was a surprise.

"I don't know that anything really surprises you," he said last Thursday. "Our game has evolved. I think you're seeing very good quarterback play, which is exciting. I think you're seeing over the last 20 years colleges who throw the ball much more effectively; all the way to the high school level, and that's carried over to our game in a number of ways. Typically, I think, these records in our league all get broken, and some of them just have a longer shelf life than others."

Coming into Monday night, Brees averaged 341 passing yards, 2.6 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions per game this season. He's failed to throw for at least 300 yards just three times. Prior to his arrival, New Orleans was coming off a 3-13 season and the city and region were still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006, the Saints are 55-39 (.585 winning percentage), have made three playoff appearances (four if you include this season), and won the Super Bowl in 2009.

Marino was 23 years old when broke Dan Fouts' record (4,802 set in 1981). He threw 48 touchdowns and 17 interceptions that year, and led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl where they lost to the 49ers, 38-16.

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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:34 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Saints are now 12-3 ...Regular season ends next week.  WRONG CAPTION UNDER PHOTO....Brees needed just 16 games to surpass Marino's mark of 5,084 passing yards in a season.



Since: May 30, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:34 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

I totally agree with truth be told. Brees lost alot of class tonight. It sounds bad but part of me wanted to see a linebacker break through and put him out for the season. These qbs and coaches in the nfl these days won't sit a guy down to save him for playoffs, and guys don't want to sit because their stats will suffer. So occasionally a teams playoff hopes are gone when a key guy goes down when he shouldnt even be in the game. But they all want that next big contract. They should come up with some sort of stat that tells of meaningless tds, like an empty net goal in hockey....


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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:27 am
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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:15 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

truth b Told ur an idiot... And nobody fears the Radiers



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:13 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

You are right.  When you have four other guys that is also on the verge of breaking Marino's record should show just how the game and the qb position have changed.  Don't get me wrong Brees is having a great year, but it can't be compare to how Marion broke the record.




Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:12 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

go cry somewhere else. its up to the falcons to stop the saints. not have the saints quit playing



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:05 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

DREW IS A GOOD GUY AND I HAVE HIM ON MY FANTASY TEAM.   BUT BREAKING THIS RECORD WAS DONE IN SUCH POOR TASTE.  UP 22 AND 2.5 MINUTES LEFT AND YOU ARE THROWING THE BALL IS NOT A GOOD LOOK.  BREAK THE RECORD NEXT WEEK.  THEY ARE LUCKY THAT THEY WERE PLAYING THE FALCONS AND NOT THE RAIDERS, OR DREW WOULD HAVE NOT FINISHED THE GAME WITHOUT BEEN HIT IN THE MOUTH.



Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:04 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

And after next week when Brady passes Marino, he will move to number 3. But I agree, when Marino set the record, really good quarterbacks threw for 220 yards per game, Marino was just plain awesome, almost impossible to stop. He had no equal or anyone close to his abiliy at the time. The sad thing is he was surrounded by mostly sub-par talent which was overshadowed by his tremendous ability. The Dolphins obviously were satisfied and the rest is history as Dan never won the big one.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:01 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

OMG what a great seaon, and so well deserved for a QB cast off by a Chargers team that had obviously no clue who they had and no idea what they gave up, no offense to Rivers. Brees and Marino are both special QB'S, records are made to be broken but both are HOF's!!





Since: May 30, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:01 am
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Don't get me wrong the guys having a great year, but i can't help thinking about how comparing these stats to qbs in the past is like comparing apples to oranges, considering you can't even sweat on a qb now a days. Look at the years some of these guys are putting up.



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