Brees Finishes As Top Passer In NFL History

Breaking the record he set a week earlier, Drew Brees finished ahead of Brady and Rodgers to shatter Dan Marino's passing record.

Brees adds to record passing total

   --While there was some talk last week about Drew Brees' newly minted NFL single-season passing record perhaps lasting only six days, it didn't happen in the Saints' 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

   Brees threw for 389 yards in playing just more than three quarters of Sunday's rout and finished the season with 5,476 yards -- piling up nearly 400 yards more than Dan Marino when he set the record of 5,084 back in 1984.

   Brees, however, went into Sunday's regular-season finale just 190 yards ahead of New England's Tom Brady, who had 338 yards in the Patriots' victory over the Buffalo Bills. He also topped Marino's old record with 5,235 yards, but still came up 241 yards short of Brees.

   --Brees helped lead the Saints to a club-record 617 total yards in the victory over the Panthers, which easily pushed them over the top in their pursuit of the NFL's single-season record.

   The 2000 St. Louis Rams, whose offense was known as "The Greatest Show on Turf," had the record with 7,075 yards and held it for 11 seasons before the Saints finished the 2011 campaign with 7,474 yards.

   "That sounds good ... that means a lot," Saints running back Pierre Thomas said of setting an NFL record for total yards in a season. "It means that I was part of a team that worked hard, and to have that record is not only great for me but all of us."

   --That record was one of more than a dozen single-game and single-season club and NFL marks the Saints set in Sunday's victory.

   Two club records that were set during the Saints' run to Super Bowl XLIV in 2009 were among them as the current team eclipsed the marks for points and touchdowns in a season.

   The old records of 510 points and 64 touchdowns were easily erased Sunday and the Saints finished with 547 points and 66 TDs after scoring in 59 of a possible 64 quarters played during the regular season.

   Brady's 2007 Patriots hold the NFL scoring record of 589. it was Randy Moss and Wes Welker's first season together in New England. Moss' Vikings team held the previous record.

   --Saints wide receiver Marques Colston went over the 1,000-yard mark in the season finale and finished the season with 1,143 yards on 80 catches even though he missed two games early in the season with a fractured collarbone.

   That gave the Saints two 1,000-yard receivers in a season for only the second time in club history as tight end Jimmy Graham, who is headed to the Pro Bowl, wound up with 1,310 yards.

   The only other time the Saints had two players finish with more than 1,000 yards was in 2001 when wide receivers Joe Horn and Willie Jackson had 1,265 and 1,046, respectively.

   Colston also set a club record by reaching 1,000 yards for the fifth time in his career, one more than Horn had.

   --The Saints set a single-season attendance record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday when the crowd of 73,065 pushed the total for the eight-game schedule to 584,336 and an average of 73,042 per game.

   That shattered the old Superdome record of 560,840 set in 2009. Completion of a two-year renovation project before the start of the '11 season added 3,000 seats and increased capacity to just more than 73,000.

   --The Saints will have a daunting road schedule in 2012. In addition to the annual home-and-home series with Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay, the Saints will travel to Green Bay, Dallas, Denver, Oakland and the New York Giants. Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco, Kansas City and San Diego will play at New Orleans.

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