ATLANTA — One of the NFL's most hallowed records looms larger and larger on the horizon for Drew Brees, the man set to take over as the NFL's all-time passing leader.
While he's on his way to the big prize, Brees broke another major NFL passing record on Sunday.
Brees picked up the 6,301st completion of his career on a short out route to Michael Thomas that turned into 17 yards, breaking the mark of 6,300 set by Brett Favre.
"Very grateful," Brees said. "I hope there's a lot more coming. I think about all the people who had a hand in that. A lot of hands caught those passes. A lot guys blocked to make that happen. They all are a part of this."
Already the NFL's all-time leader in completion percentage, the mark serves as a reminder of Brees' efficiency and consistency during his 18 seasons in the NFL.
Brees broke Favre's record in his 252nd career game, 50 fewer games than the 302 the Packers legend needed to set the all-time mark. Brees finished the game with 39 completions, raising the new mark to 6,326.
"It's a credit to him, and he would probably give all the credit back to the guys he's played with, staff and coaches that have been a part of it," offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said.
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A monster game from Brees against Atlanta puts Manning's record in a little danger of going down against the New York Giants next week, but more likely at home on Monday Night Football against Washington on Oct. 8.
Brees threw for 396 yards, putting his career mark at 71,523, a figure that leaves him 315 yards behind Favre in second-place, and 417 yards behind Manning for the all-time mark.
“Drew is the greatest of all time," Saints tackle Terron Armstead said. "I’m not saying it because I play with him. How could you dispute it? How could you argue he’s not the greatest quarterback to ever live? What else does he have to do? It’s crazy."