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Tom Brady breaks all-time NFL passing completion record held by Drew Brees

Andrew Buller-Russ
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Add another record to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady‘s long, historic résumé.

Entering Sunday’s Week 14 game against the Buffalo Bills, TB12 was 18 pass completions shy of breaking the NFL’s all-time completion record held by future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees. Not anymore.

In the second quarter, Brady completed a 20-yard pass to Mike Evans for his 7,143rd career NFL passing completion. Brady is now the sole leader of the NFL’s all-time completion record.

The 14-time Pro Bowl QB has been in the NFL for 22 seasons, giving him an average of 324 completions per year. This season, prior to Week 14’s slate of games, Brady led the NFL with 347 completions.

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For those who may be curious, Ben Roethlisberger is the next active player on the completed passes career leaders list, with 5,347 completions. Matt Ryan is next up, with 5,172 completed passes in his career after his Week 14 game against the Carolina Panthers. Also, this record does not include postseason passing attempts.

How fitting, that Tom Brady would break the record against the Bills. From the 20 years he spent battling his AFC East foes when he was with the New England Patriots, the G.O.A.T. had a career 32-3 record against the Bills entering today’s matchup. This simply adds to their misery.

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With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing at home in Raymond James Stadium, the organization had a little more control over their in-game presentation, yet as Brady seems to prefer, they did not stop the game.

It’s safe to say, Brady’s most recent record won’t be broken for several years, if at all. What other player has the incredible durability Brady has enjoyed throughout his career? Of course, the seven-time Super Bowl champ also takes care of his body like few others do.

Still, Tom Brady’s latest accomplishment won’t come close to being his greatest, but it helps cement his legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time.