NFL Watch: Brees Breaks Single-Season Passing RecordThe answer to a future trivia question: Drew Brees broke the record with a 24-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles.

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They say records are meant to be broken, but Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record appeared one for the ages. The record, which Marino set as a rookie in 1984, survived nearly three decades while elite quarterbacks in potent offenses continued to fall short. Those who missed the mark include Tom Brady in 2007, Kurt Warner in 2001, Daunte Culpepper in 2004 and Peyton Manning in 2010. However, several quarterbacks launched an assault on Marino’s record this season, New Orleans Saints hurler Drew Brees being the leader of that pack. In Monday night’s game between the Saints and division rival Atlanta Falcons, Brees officially became the new single-season passing yardage record holder.

Needing 305 yards to pass Marino, Brees captured the new mark late in the fourth quarter. On 2nd & Goal with a little under three minutes left to play, Brees found running back Darren Sproles with a 9-yard touchdown pass. Drew finished the night with 307 yards and 5,087 for the season. As of now, it’s unknown whether or not Brees will add to the record in Week 17.

In other marquee Week 16 match-ups, the Indianapolis Colts extended their win streak to two games with a 19-17 victory over the Houston Texans; the Baltimore Ravens stayed atop the AFC North with a hard-fought 20-14 win over the rival Cleveland Browns; Tim Tebow had a tough day as the Denver Broncos’ playoff hopes took a 40-14 shot, courtesy of the Buffalo Bills; the Oakland Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive with a 16-13 overtime victory in Kansas City; New England clinched the top spot in the AFC with a comeback win against the Miami Dolphins; the New York Giants set up a Week 17 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East after beating the Jets 29-14; wrapping up their first playoff spot since 1999 were the Detroit Lions, who blasted the San Diego Chargers 38-10; the San Francisco 49ers stayed in the hunt for a first round bye after squeaking out a 19-17 win in Seattle; and the Green Bay Packers secured the NFC’s number one spot with a 35-21 win against the Chicago Bears.

Check out some of the football cleats wore during Week 16 in today’s NFL Watch.


NFL Watch: Brees Breaks Single-Season Passing Record

Drew Brees wearing Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Brees drops back for a pass in a PE colorway of the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.

C.J. Spiller wearing adidas adiZero Smoke vs. Denver BroncosC.J. Spiller runs through tackles in the upcoming adiZero Smoke adidas football cleats.

Charlie Batch wearing Nike Air Zoom Apocalypse IV vs. St. Louis Rams

Charlie Batch stepped in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger wearing Air Zoom Apocalypse IV Nike football cleats.

Brandon Pettigrew wearing Nike Zoom Alpha Talon vs. San Diego Chargers

Brandon Pettigrew reacts after catching a touchdown pass in the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour CompFit Highlight vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCam Newton broke Peyton Manning’s rookie passing yard record in a new colorway of his CompFit Highlight Under Armour football cleats.

Reggie Wayne wearing Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Low M4 vs. Houston Texans

Reggie Wayne closed out what may have been his last home game as a member of the Indianapolis Colts with a game-winning touchdown reception in NFL U-Form 4Speed Low M4 Reebok football cleats.

Devin McCourty wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly vs. Miami DolphinsDevin McCourty intercepts a pass in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.

Jordy Nelson wearing Nike Super Speed D 3/4 vs. Chicago Bears

Jordy Nelson catches a touchdown pass in the Nike Super Speed D 3/4.

Joe Flacco wearing Reebok Molded NFL U-Form 4 Speed Mid M4 vs. Cleveland BrownsJoe Flacco scrambles in Molded NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 Reebok football cleats.

Marshawn Lynch wearing Skittles Nike Vapor Talon Elite vs. San Francisco 49ers

Marshawn Lynch runs in a custom “Skittles” edition of the upcoming Vapor Talon Elite Nike football cleats.

Marshawn Lynch wearing Skittles Nike Vapor Talon Elite vs. San Francisco 49ers (2)

A closer look at Lynch’s “Skittles” Nike football cleats.

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