Even though the New Orleans Saints were effectively eliminated from the playoffs going into their Monday Night matchup against the Detroit Lions, quarterback Drew Brees still climbed up the NFL’s all-time record books in the game. As the Saints’ official Twitter account noted, Brees became just the fourth player to pass for more than 60,000 career yards:
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 22, 2015
Brees only trails Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning on the all-time chart. Manning surpassed Favre for the lead this season and currently sits at 71,871 yards. The only active player close to this quarter is Tom Brady, who currently sits at 57,663 career passing yards. The next-closest active player is Eli Manning, who is not yet at 45,000 passing yards.
As noted by ESPN’s football account, Brees accomplished another unique streak in the game:
Congrats to Drew Brees on another NFL milestone. pic.twitter.com/HYmcHyRw75
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 22, 2015
Brees was second all-time to Peyton Manning in 4,000-yard seasons entering this year, and he remains second to Manning, who has 14 such seasons in his career. No quarterback in league history has approached Brees’ ten consecutive 4,000-yard seasons: the second-longest streak in league history belongs to Manning, who did so for six seasons, between 1999-2004.
Brees has topped 4,000 yards each season that he has been in New Orleans, a tenure that started in 2006 and has seen Brees miss only two starts in that time span. The fewest yards per game that Brees has averaged over a full season with the Saints is 276.1, in 2006 — a mark that still led the league.