NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees has broken the NFL record for
yards passing in a season, surpassing a mark that had stood since Dan Marino set it in 1984.
Brees topped Marino's record of 5,084 yards with a 9-yard
touchdown pass to Darren Sproles on Monday night in an easy 45-16 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
Brees entered the game with 4,780 yards, needing 305 to set the record.
He tossed four touchdown passes in the Saints win.
Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to Julio Jones and Matt Bryant added three field goals for the Falcon points.
Brees has passed for 300 yards or more an NFL-record 12 times
this season with one game still to play.
Brees threatened Marino's record once before in 2008, when he
finished with 5,069 yards, making him and Marino the only
quarterbacks to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.
The Falcons had already wrapped up a playoff berth but they now need to beat Tampa Bay Sunday and hope the Lions lose to the Packers in order to finish as the #5 seed in the NFC and avoid in all probability a return trip to New Orleans for the opening round of the NFC playoffs in two weeks.
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