Despite seeing his record for most passing yards in a single season broken by Peyton Manning, Drew Brees still had reason to celebrate on Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints man helped his team secure a play-off showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, but it was Manning who took the plaudits as he surpassed Brees' tally of 5,476 passing yards in 2011.
However there was some good news for Brees as he threw 381 yards and four touchdown passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to surpass 5,000 season yards for the fourth time in his career.
And he reached the landmark in style, with a 41-yard touchdown to receiver Robert Meachem midway through the third quarter to help the Saints on their way to a 42-17 victory over Tampa Bay at the Superdome.
No other NFL quarterback has reached this milestone more than once in their career - and he is also the only man to have reached 5,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Brees now ranks fifth in NFL history in career passing yards.
Brees put the icing on the cake when he ran in a 9-yard touchdown of his own against the Bucs, which he celebrated with a Jimmy Graham-style slam dunk celebration.
“Nobody was open," he said of his score after the game. "I took off and run and got into the end zone. It looked like it was going to be a close play at the plate. I was bracing for the collision. I think I was a little quicker than I thought I was because I ended up getting in.
“I don’t get many opportunities to score. Depending on how tired I am when I score, I gauge the dunk factor. Jimmy Graham has been on me about doing it. I wanted to appease him.”
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