Brees’ record-breaking night tainted by decision to go for it late


NEW ORLEANS — The kid got his wish.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the NFL single-season record for passing yards, breaking Dan Marino’s single-season mark of 5,084 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles in the Saints’ 45-16 dismantling of the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

“I kind of got emotional before the game,” Brees said. “There was a kid as I was signing autographs who said, ‘I’m here to see you break the record.’ It made me think of when I was a kid.”

This is one of those where-were-you moments, another snapshot of life being permanently etched into our memories. It’s kind of funny that a man throws for over 5,000 yards and the pass that broke the record traveled only 9 yards in the air.

“It’s a special night,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

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