Brees, Brady, Stafford Join 5,000-Yard-Club

In the history of the NFL, only Dan Marino in 1984 and Drew Brees in 2008 had passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season.  Three players did so this year, thanks to an exceptional performance by Lions Matt Stafford today.

Drew Brees now own the record that had stood for 27 years with 5,476 yards this season.  Tom Brady has the second best mark in NFL history with 5,235 yards, although he was the runner up this season making him the Sammy Sosa of NFL quarterbacks.  Sosa and Mark McGuire both broke Roger Maris’ 1961 home run record in 1998, but Sosa was the runner up and never held the record himself.

Matt Stafford threw for an incredible 520 yards today to bring his season total to 5,038, good enough for 3rd place this season and the 5th best in NFL history.

Eli Manning can still join the party tonight if he can pass for 413 yards against the Cowboys.  Given the way quarterbacks have been racking up yards this season, don’t count him out just yet.

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