|2013 Regular Season|
Brees went 28 for 45 for 342 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Despite racking up the yardage, the Saints quarterback has a lackluster 6-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio in the last three games. Brees does have two TDs in five consecutive games and at least one in 26 straight. He owns the NFL's longest streak at 54 games and has thrown at least one in 80 of the last 81.
Brees has thrown two TD passes in each of the last four games. He's averaging 314.8 passing yards per game to rank fourth in the NFL.
The mark Brees surpassed was held by Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who reached 40,000 yards in his 153rd game with the Miami Dolphins. Brees entered Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with 39,936 yards passing as a Saint, and 52,284 yards passing for his career, which includes five seasons with San Diego.
The Saints continue to struggle, but Brees shouldn't shoulder much of the blame. He owns a 99.5 quarterback rating through four games and is completing 71.4 percent of his passes.
Brees has been good, but hardly spectacular, through the first three games with 863 yards and five touchdowns. He figures to pick it up sooner than later.
Brees entered Sunday's game needing 62 yards to go past Elway, who finished with 51,475 yards. Brees overtook the Denver Broncos legend with a 6-yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham with 1:56 left in the second quarter. He had two touchdowns to Graham in the defeat and went 27 of 40 for 237 yards, giving him 51,651 for his career.
Brees hasn't missed a start due to injury since coming to New Orleans in 2006 and says he plans on playing against Indianapolis on Saturday night in the Saints' third preseason game.