FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Depending on your allegiances, Sunday’s New England Patriots game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have been a welcome sight or a stinging defeat. The Buccaneers defeated the Patriots 19-17.
Either way, in his former home stadium, Tom Brady broke Drew Brees’ 80,358 passing yards thrown in his career, according to the AP. Brady threw 22 of 43 against the Patriots for 269 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
After a 28-yard pass to Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, Brady had surpassed Brees' number by just one yard. During a Buccaneer's timeout, an announcement came over Gillette stadium officially naming Brady's accomplishment and fans reacted with cheers. Brady also became the fourth quarterback to have victories against all 32 NFL Teams, joining Brees, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning.
The 44-year-old Buccaneers quarterback said it was a team effort.
“The quarterback doesn’t throw and catch, a quarterback could just throw it, so I just hope that everybody who caught passes from me over the years just had a little smile on their face tonight, knowing that they contributed to a very cool record," he said in a post-game interview.
Ben Roethlisberger is the closest active player following the new record, nearly 20,000 yards behind Brady.
WBZ's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports.