Brees is second to pass for 5,000

01/01/2005

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the second player ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a season. The Saints QB fell 16 yards shy of the long-standing single-season mark owned by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino.

Brees finished the 2008 season with 5,069 yards which marked the third straight season that he passed for more than 4,400 yards.  Brees also threw a career-high 34 touchdowns in '08.

Here’s a game-by-game look at Brees  and Marino's 5,000-yard seasons.

Brees v. Marino

Game-by-game comparison of Brees '08 and Marino '84

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Opponent
Yds
Opponent
Yds
TAMPA BAY
343
at Washington
311
at Washington
216
NEW ENGLAND
234
at Denver
421
at Buffalo
296
SAN FRANCISCO
363
INDIANAPOLIS
257
MINNESOTA
330
at St. Louis
429
OAKLAND
320
at Pittsburgh
226
at Carolina
231
HOUSTON
321
SAN DIEGO (London)

339

at New England
316
at Atlanta
422
BUFFALO
282
at Kansas City
266
at NY Jets
422
GREEN BAY
323
PHILADELPHIA
246
at Tampa Bay
296
at San Diego
338
ATLANTA
230
NY JETS
192
at Chicago
232
LA RAIDERS
470
at Detroit
351
at Indianapolis
404
CAROLINA
386
DALLAS
340
Total
5,069
 
5,084

The top five single-season passing yardage totals are:
5,084 - Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins, 1984
5,069 - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 2008
4,830 - Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams, 2001
4,806 - Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 2007
4,802 - Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers, 1981


Related stories:
 Complete list of 4,000-yard passers
HOF Bio: Dan Marino
 NFL.com: Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints history

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