Tom Brady sets NFL all-time passing yards record

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback connected with wide receiver Mike Evans for a 28-yard gain in the first quarter of the team’s game against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and surpassed future Hall of Famer Drew Brees‘ mark of 80,358 passing yards for the most in league history.

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Brady entered the game 68 yards shy of the record.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Patriots’ Twitter account acknowledged Brady’s accomplishment.

“It’s only fitting it happened at @GilletteStadium,” the tweet read. “Congratulations on another NFL record, @TomBrady.”.

The Buccaneers ended up reaching New England’s 11-yard line and settled for a 29-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop, who put Tampa Bay up 3-0 with 4:49 to go in the opening quarter.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) meets with New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona (49) prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) meets with New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona (49) prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

TOM BRADY, PATRIOTS OWNER ROBERT KRAFT HUG BEFORE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GAME

The matchup on Sunday night between the Bucs and Patriots was Brady’s return to New England after leaving for Tampa Bay last offseason. The future Hall of Fame quarterback spent 20 years in New England and won six Super Bowls with the franchise.

If the Buccaneers win the game, Brady will join Brees, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to defeat all 32 NFL teams.

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