Patriots will acknowledge Tom Brady’s NFL passing record if he sets it in New England, per report

Tom Brady is in an ideal situation in Sunday’s return to Gillette Stadium, needing only 68 passing yards to set the NFL’s all-time passing record — and against his former team, to boot.

According to a report from ESPN, citing a Patriots team official, New England will pause to acknowledge Brady’s accomplishment, but won’t stop the game.

That’s a far cry from how the Saints handled the occasion of Drew Brees setting the league’s all-time passing record in 2018 in New Orleans: The home team stopped the game and brought Brees’ family onto the field as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome celebrated. It’s worth noting that Brees set the record on a 62-yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith, however.

No such fireworks will be on display on Sunday if Brady sets the record against the Patriots, even considering the history between him, the Patriots and former coach Bill Belichick.

Brady sits at 80,291 passing yards entering Sunday’s game, trailing Brees’ record of 80,358 yards. He already holds NFL records in regular-season touchdown passes (591), postseason passing touchdowns (83), quarterback wins (266) and game-winning drives (63), among others.

Brady, who played for the Patriots for 20 seasons, accounted for 74,571 passing yards during his time in New England. He got to within striking distance of the record after throwing for 5,720 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2020 for the Buccaneers. He then primed himself to pass the all-time record vs. the Patriots with 1,087 passing yards in the Bucs’ first three games, including a 432-yard game against the Rams in Week 3.

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