Brees passes Marino's record as Saints rout Falcons, 45-16

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Drew Brees has a cherished NFL record, and the Saints have another NFC South title.

Brees' final pass of the game, a 9 yard scoring strike to Darren Sproles, broke Dan Marino's single season passing mark as the Saints routed the Falcons 45-16 Monday night. Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 5,087 passing yards this season, three more than the Dolphins quarterback who set the record in 1984.

Brees is the first NFL quarterback to pass for 5,000 yards in two seasons. He has now thrown 276 touchdown passes, 9th on the NFL's alltime list. He moved ahead of Vinny Testaverde (275) and Joe Montana (273).

Brees' teammates rushed the field after his scoring strike to Sproles with 2:51 to play.

Brees even received an ovation from the media in his postgame interview. Joked Brees, "you guys are not as tough as I thought."

Head coach Sean Payton defended his decision to have Brees throwing the football with the game well in hand. Said Payton, "We would not be typically throwing in that situation." Guard Carl Nicks said of Brees, "everyone in here loves him. If he were a movie, Tom Cruise would have a hard time playing him."

Said Brees, "I know that Dan Marino broke this record on Monday Night Football."

The Saints still have hopes of clinching a first round bye in the NFC playoffs. The Saints must beat Carolina and hope the Rams upset the 49ers Sunday in St Louis.

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