Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed Dan Marino’s 27-year old, single-season record for passing yards by throwing for 307 yards in Monday night’s 45-16 win over the Falcons as New Orleans clinched the NFC South. Marino threw for 5,084 yards in 1984.
There has been some criticism for the manner in which Brees got to the number as the Saints were still passing late in the game with a big lead, but take nothing away from the veteran’s accomplishment.
Comparing eras in the NFL is always difficult as much about the game has changed over the nearly three decades since Marino’s magnificent season. The league is more pass friendly and more pass-heavy now, but Brees’ 2011 season still surpassed Tom Brady’s 2007 numbers, several great seasons by Peyton Manning and even all of Brees’ own Pro-Bowl campaigns.
To get to the mark Brees has thrown for 300 more yards in 12 of his 15 games, including eight games with over 350 yards. With a Week 17 tilt versus Carolina still on tap Brees will have a good chance to further pad his numbers.
It's easy to root for Brees. Check out his post-game comments to his team below and you will agree:
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