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Drew Brees becomes third NFL quarterback to go over 70,000 passing yards

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Drew Brees carves out another place in NFL History.

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Drew Brees has become the NFL’s third quarterback to go over the 70,000-yard passing mark. Going into Week 16’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints quarterback just needed 39 passing yards to eclipse the feat (69,961). He did it late in the first quarter, connecting with Mark Ingram on a very well executed 12-yard screen play.

It almost seems like an afterthought, as over 82 percent of his career passing yards have come with the black and gold. In his first five seasons in the league, Brees totaled 12,348 with the Chargers. As silly as it sounds now, prime and vintage Brees usually gets that in two and a half seasons.

Peyton Manning holds the top spot in NFL history with 71,940 passing yards, while Brett Favre is right behind him with 71,838 yards. Assuming Brees plays next season, he should be able to claim this impressive NFL record.