NFL plans to pause tonight’s game when Drew Brees breaks passing record

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on the verge of breaking the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record, and if he breaks the record tonight, the league will pause the game to recognize the achievement.

Brees has 71,740 career passing yards. That puts him in second place all time, 200 yards behind Peyton Manning, who retired with 71,940 yards. So when Brees tops 201 passing yards today, the league will pause the game for a small ceremony.

According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, that ceremony will feature the ball used on Brees’s record-breaking pass going to David Baker, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a video tribute from Manning will be played.

If Brees breaks the record in a hurry-up situation or another time when it’s not feasible to halt the game for a ceremony, the league won’t delay the game. But it’s a major record Brees is poised to break, and the NFL wants to recognize him right when it happens.

45 responses to “NFL plans to pause tonight’s game when Drew Brees breaks passing record

  1. That’s dumb. Let them play the whole game then honor him.

    Love Drew Brees but I can’t stand that kind of stuff

  2. Hopefully they pause it when the rest of the leagues QBs break his record in a few years, as numbers this large will soon be the norm.

    Unless your the QB of my Jags, and your goal is to simply throw a spiral (in any direction).

  3. And you wonder why fans are heading for the exits? Personally, I like and respect Drew Brees. He’s a heckuva QB, but this is ridiculous and unnecessary. Celebrate the achievement after the game. Congratulations in advance, Drew.

  4. For a long time, my desktop pic was Peyton sheepishly holding a football while surrounded by cameras when he broke the record. If memory serves, he broke the record on a mighty 4 yard pass, then threw 4 ints and got benched for somebody called Brock Osweiler. Classic.

  5. Good. They have done a lot of gimmicky things with the game and ‘themes’ and the pro bowl and other nonsensical things over the years, but something like this actually makes sense and adds something extra to the game.

  6. It’ll probably happen with a roughing the passer penalty sprinkled in as well. A word of advice to Washington’s D. Don’t even look at Brees the wrong way! And definitely don’t touch him. Lay a finger on Brees and it’s 15 yards. Probably an ejection as well. In fact Washington’s D shouldn’t even rush the passer or blitz Brees AT ALL. Just let Brees sit back and throw all day and pray for the turf monster to get him. Wait. The turf monster will get the grounds crew suspended along with a hefty fine from the NFL. Never mind man.

  7. Let’s hope The Saints ⚜️ are as focused on winning the game as much as they are with Drew’s records.

    On a side note. These records are tainted as the League keeps discounting defenses.

  8. Don’t much matter if he doesn’t get the yardage record tonight or the 500th TD pass tonight, he’ll get them next week. And well-deserved, for sure. I just want the Redskins to Win the Game

  9. It’d be cool if he got it on a checkdown pass to Ingram who is just coming off a PED suspension.

    What a career by Brees, keep in mind the first 3 years of his career were mediocre to poor, which led the Chargers to draft Eli since they didnt think Brees had it. Of course they then were forced to trade Eli for Rivers, and were forced to start Brees when Philip decided to hold out, which gave Brees the chance to put a stranglehold on the job by having 2 great seasons before his shoulder injury which made the Chargers decision much easier, if not necessarily the right one altho Rivers has been outstanding. POINT IS: Even the mighty Drew Brees didnt really start playing well until his FOURTH season in the NFL.

  10. Hopefully Brees thanks the NFL for changing the rules throughout his career so that he could be a HOFer. Guy was done before the major change in 2004.

  11. I hope they don’t leave it up to the refs when to stop the game, that would take an extra half hour.

  12. On another note.. the NFL needs to create a rule on log rolling while holding an opponents legs/feet.. It’s gonna be a problem. See what happened to the tight end for the Bengals..

  13. Remember when Miami thought Culpeper was a better choice as a QB than Brees??? Haha, what could have been… Brady and Brees in the same division.

  14. Bree’s plays 80 % of his games indoors , Favre played most of his games in the elements. Makes a huge difference. I know the NFL is sorely in need of good news lately but wonder why the talking heads and analysts never mention the facts and difficulty of QB’s playing most of their careers in the elements. Although, I was told a couple of years ago by an assistant coach the NFL frowns on making the distinction.

  15. upnorthvikesfan says:
    October 8, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    Remember when the Chargers game up on him?? Yeah, that was stupid….

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    It wasn’t a bad move by the Chargers given what they knew. Brees was coming off a major arm operation and it was unclear if he’d ever be a QB again, Rivers looked good and has been a top 10 QB most of his career. You can’t judge decisions by what happened after but by what was known at the time. I don’t think the Chargers made a bad move.

  16. “I was told a couple of years ago by an assistant coach the NFL frowns on making the distinction”.

    What level of football is this informative assistant coach associated with, your local 5th/6th grade league? I feel that the likelihood of your knowing a NFL assistant coach is extremely low.

  17. Congrats to Brees.

    Can someone please remove Booger McFarland from the booth? It is as if some loser wandered in the booth and they just let him start blabbing on the microphone. He adds zero value to the game. His high pitched whining voice is horrible and he also sounds like he has 8 marbles in his mouth when he speaks.

    3 man booths rarely work and this one is as bad as I have ever heard.

  18. Brees is an all-timer. Is it possible to dislike this guy?

    I would love it if when he breaks it, he unnecessarily forces the offense into hurry up just to kind of say ‘f-off with your recognition and let me play ball’

  19. Think it sucks that when he breaks it the ball automatically gets shuffled off to the PRO Football HOF president…maybe Drew Brees himself would like to have kept that as a nice keepsake. Rather than give it off instantly to a “partner” of the NFL.

  20. weepingjebus says:
    October 8, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    For a long time, my desktop pic was Peyton sheepishly holding a football while surrounded by cameras when he broke the record. If memory serves, he broke the record on a mighty 4 yard pass, then threw 4 ints and got benched for somebody called Brock Osweiler. Classic.

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    I remember that too then I also remember he came back and outplayed Brady in the AFCC game by scoring twice as many TDs and winning the SB. I’m still salty about it.

  21. When you add postseason, Brady leapfrogs Brees thanks to over 10,200 playoff yds compared to Brees’ 4,200. What? Not fair? Well, Brees & Peyton played most of their games in domes and/or warmer climes, Brady (and for the most part Favre) played most of theirs in outside cold north weather. Try habitually throwing long passes or 300+yds in heavy wind, rain, snow, fog or ice.

  22. streetyson says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm
    When you add postseason, Brady leapfrogs Brees thanks to over 10,200 playoff yds compared to Brees’ 4,200. What? Not fair? Well, Brees & Peyton played most of their games in domes and/or warmer climes, Brady (and for the most part Favre) played most of theirs in outside cold north weather. Try habitually throwing long passes or 300+yds in heavy wind, rain, snow, fog or ice.

    *Vs The Bills, Jets, and Dolphins.

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