Drew Brees Sets Multiple Passing Records in Season Finale vs. Panthers

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 30, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 30:   Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 30, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Setting NFL records has become a nice little hobby for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. While it has been a down year for the Saints, Brees is still putting up impressive numbers and further entrenching himself in the NFL record books in the process.

As the Saints take on the Carolina Panthers in their season finale, Brees is pushing his season totals to places no one has ever been. The Saints happily tweeted out the news.

Brees just surpassed the 5,000 passing yds mark on the season. There have been 6 5,000-yd seasons in @nfl history & Brees has 3 of them

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 30, 2012

That was Brees’ 40th TD pass of the season. He is now the 1st QB in @nfl history with at least 40 TDs in back-to-back seasons

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 30, 2012

Even in the age of greatly enhanced passing numbers, these accomplishments are impressive. The consistently prolific output of Brees is clearly unmatched.

Brees' numbers are down a bit from last year, but he still carried an impressive quarterback rating of 94.9 coming into this game. Considering the chaos with which the Saints began this season as they dealt with the suspensions from Bountygate, these numbers are all the more impressive.

Remember that Brees has had to play this season without head coach and architect of the Saints offense Sean Payton. Still, Brees has barely missed a beat. The 33-year-old is basically a coach on the field at this point, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. 

It is a safe bet that this is not the last time Brees will make a new entry in the NFL record books. 

While I'm sure that Brees will be the first to say that the records are far less important than his team's success, we can't let the Saints' 7-8 record keep us from recognizing the greatness of this amazing quarterback.