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NFL Week Four Stats: Tom Brady’s landmark night


Benedict Bermange

Cricket Statistician

Benedict Bermange picks out the best stats after Tom Brady’s landmark night as he set the new NFL all-time passing yards record upon his return to New England to face the Patriots; Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Patriots 19-17

Last Updated: 04/10/21 1:50pm

    Tom Brady added to his list of accolades on Sunday night

    Tom Brady added to his list of accolades on Sunday night

    Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl victories (7) career wins (233) and touchdown passes (591) in NFL history. And on Sunday night, upon his return to Foxboro, Brady added another record to his list.

    Here, Sky Sports cricket statistician – and big Buffalo Bills fan – Benedict Bermange looks at just what Brady has achieved and picks out some of the best stats from his remarkable career.

    The 44-year-old entered Sunday Night Football with his former employers the New England Patriots needing 68 yards to surpass Drew Brees’ career passing yards total of 80,358.

    He duly set the new mark with a 28-yard completion to wide receiver Mike Evans, and finished with a total of 269 yards on the night.

    The NFL did not start keeping official statistics until 1932, so here are the quarterbacks who have held the title for the most passing yards chronologically since that date:

      NFL passing yards leaders since 1932

      PeriodPlayer
      1932-1942Arnie Herbert
      1942-1954Sammy Baugh
      1954-1960Otto Graham
      1960-1961Bobby Layne
      1961-1966Y.A. Tittle
      1966-1976Johnny Unitas
      1976-1995Fran Tarkenton
      1995-2007Dan Marino
      2007-2015Brett Favre
      2015-2018Peyton Manning
      2018-2021Drew Brees

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady becomes NFL's all-time pass yards leader on 28-yard toss to wide receiver Mike Evans

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      Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady becomes NFL’s all-time pass yards leader on 28-yard toss to wide receiver Mike Evans

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady becomes NFL’s all-time pass yards leader on 28-yard toss to wide receiver Mike Evans

      Brady ended the day with 80,560 yards passing, cementing his position in top spot ahead of Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Philip Rivers.

      NFL all-time passing yards

      QuarterbackYards
      Tom Brady80,560
      Drew Brees80,358
      Peyton Manning71,940
      Brett Favre71,838
      Philip Rivers63,440

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady's best passes from 269-yard game against the New England Patriots during Week 4 of the NFL 2021 season

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      Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s best passes from 269-yard game against the New England Patriots during Week 4 of the NFL 2021 season

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s best passes from 269-yard game against the New England Patriots during Week 4 of the NFL 2021 season

        Brady also engineered the 50th game-winning drive of his career, to become the third quarterback to have at least 50 such drives.

        Quarterbacks with most game-winning drives

        QuarterbackGWD
        Peyton Manning54
        Drew Brees53
        Tom Brady50
        Dan Marino47
        Ben Roethlisberger47

        Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady says it felt pretty cool to break the NFL's all-time leading passer record on his return to New England

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        Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady says it felt pretty cool to break the NFL’s all-time leading passer record on his return to New England

        Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady says it felt pretty cool to break the NFL’s all-time leading passer record on his return to New England

        Brady’s victory made him the fourth quarterback to defeat all 32 NFL franchises, joining Favre, Peyton Manning and Brees. It also made Bill Belichick the 100th different NFL head coach to lose at least one game to Brady.

        However, he did miss out on one record. He needed 350 passing yards to pass Brees (35,506 career pass yards at the Superdome) for the most by any player in a single stadium in NFL history, but fell 81 yards short.

        Perhaps fittingly, the final stat should probably be the fact Brady has won more Super Bowls than any other player, head coach – or even team – in history:

        Most Super Bowl wins (Player, coach or team)

        PlayerSB wins
        Tom Brady7
        Bill Belichick6
        New England Patriots6
        Pittsburgh Steelers5
        Charles Haley5
        San Francisco 49ers5
        Dallas Cowboys5

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