The dink-and-dunk era is not here: Saints still searching for big plays _lowres

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Drew Brees finds himself occupying the same area code of the record books as Dan Marino a lot lately.

Brees’ final completion against Arizona on Sunday tied him with Marino for third-place on the NFL’s all-time completions list, trailing only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

By the time Brees entered the league in 2001, Marino was in his second season of retirement, but he remembers what it felt like to be a rookie looking at Marino’s passing numbers, numbers at the time that people thought might never be broken.

“You know, it’s funny, I played my first preseason game ever in Miami, back in 2001,” Brees said. “That was my first one.”

Brees remembers walking on the field and looking up at the Ring of Honor in what was then Pro Player Stadium and marveling at all of Marino’s records.

“I remember thinking, ‘How in the world can you play long enough or have the ability to do that?'” Brees said.

Brees, who will move past Marino on the completions chart with his first completed pass against Tampa Bay, is also coming up on Marino in passing yards and touchdown passes

“Humbling,” Brees said. “But don’t think about it. Just think about winning.”