Brees Breaks Marino Passing Record

By 3 yards on his final throw of game
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Drew Brees drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons at the Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Drew Brees tossed for 307 yards and four touchdowns last night, securing his New Orleans Saints' place in the playoffs and his own in NFL history by shattering a 27-year-old season passing record held by Dan Marino. On his final pass of the game, Brees threw a nine-yard TD pass to put him over the top with 5,087 yards for the season—just three yards more than Marino's 5,084 in 1984, notes the AP. Marino himself was gracious, minutes later tweeting, "Great job by such a special player." (Read more Drew Brees stories.)

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