When postseason is included, Brady owns the career records for TDs, yards

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is now the NFL’s all-time record holder in career passing touchdowns, and he’s also the all-time record holder in career passing yards. Sort of.

Brees holds the career records because the NFL only counts regular-season statistics toward career totals. But if the NFL also included the postseason, Tom Brady would be the record holder for both touchdowns and yards.

The NFL’s career passing touchdown rankings currently have Brees first with 541, Peyton Manning second with 539, and Brady third with 538. But Brady is the all-time leader in postseason touchdown passes with 73, Manning is fourth with 40, and Brees is sixth with 33. Add postseason and regular season together, and the record looks like this:

Tom Brady 610
Peyton Manning 579
Drew Brees 574

The career passing yardage record currently belongs to Brees with 76,884, followed by Brady with 74,079 and Manning with 71,940. But Brady owns the postseason record with 11,179 passing yards, Manning is second with 7,339, and Brees is seventh with 4,759. So if we add those together, the career totals look like this:

Tom Brady 85,258
Drew Brees 81,643
Peyton Manning 79,279

Brees owns the regular season records, and Brady probably won’t catch him. But to catch Brady for the true career totals, Brees will likely have to play at least one season after Brady retires.

80 responses to “When postseason is included, Brady owns the career records for TDs, yards

  1. This is because for the past, what 15years Tom’s had at least 2 extra games than everyone else, nearly two extra full seasons.

  2. Aaron Rodgers once said playing well in the regular season in order to get to the playoff is to earn your paycheck. Legacy is earned through the post-season. I full agree.

  3. Aaron Rodgers once said playing well in the regular season in order to get to the playoff is to earn your paycheck. Legacy is earned through the post-season. I fully agree.

  4. Can’t call a student a genius if he stole the answer key from the teacher’s desk.

    Dark cloud hanging over Brady, Belichick and the whole organization.

  5. Can’t call a student a genius if he stole the answer key from the teacher’s desk.

    Dark cloud hanging over Brady, Belichick and the whole organization.
    =====

    Wishing doesn’t always make it so.

  6. takumiuk says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:21 am
    This is because for the past, what 15years Tom’s had at least 2 extra games than everyone else, nearly two extra full seasons.

    ————

    True… because he is great. Of course earning a bye is also one less game, which he has done most of the time also.

  7. Drew has regular season record which is nice but doesn’t compare to the Legend.

    Brady 611 TD and 6 titles
    Brees 574 TD and 1 title

  8. more fake, made up news. We should all know better by now that news is manufactured and not reported. All based on Agendas.

    johnnycantread says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:25 am
    Can’t call a student a genius if he stole the answer key from the teacher’s desk.

    Dark cloud hanging over Brady, Belichick and the whole organization.

  9. johnnycantread says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:25 am
    Can’t call a student a genius if he stole the answer key from the teacher’s desk.

    Dark cloud hanging over Brady, Belichick and the whole organization.

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    Because a donkey filmed the sideline of the Bungles? lol. No. It’s a feeble attempt to stain the organization, but they will just go on as they always do. If they were doing covert filming of the sideline they could just have a nobody buy a ticket on stubhub and take a camera into the game. There is nothing that could not be filmed from any seat.
    There’s no reason to do it in front of everyone with credentials so everyone knows you are there. What they are saying is obviously the truth. They will get a minor punishment for the idiot breaking the rule and that will be it.

  10. It takes a whole team to get multiple playoff games. It’s not baseball where the pitcher has more responsibility for winning games.

  11. I’m glad Brady was able to spin this to make him look like the record holder. Of course, if you manipulate ball air pressure, you can do all kinds of things that good sportsmen cant.

  12. Aaron Rodgers once said playing well in the regular season in order to get to the playoff is to earn your paycheck.
    ——-
    I get paid to practice. I play the games for free.

    Junior Seau on why he practices with passion and conviction.

  13. I doubt either Brady or Brees is too into this records race. They’re about the Ws, not so much the numbers.

  14. bullcharger says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
    johnnycantread says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:25 am
    Can’t call a student a genius if he stole the answer key from the teacher’s desk.

    Dark cloud hanging over Brady, Belichick and the whole organization.

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    Because a donkey filmed the sideline of the Bungles? lol. No. It’s a feeble attempt to stain the organization, but they will just go on as they always do. If they were doing covert filming of the sideline they could just have a nobody buy a ticket on stubhub and take a camera into the game. There is nothing that could not be filmed from any seat.
    There’s no reason to do it in front of everyone with credentials so everyone knows you are there. What they are saying is obviously the truth. They will get a minor punishment for the idiot breaking the rule and that will be it.
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    The tape was not flattering to the Patriots and neither was “I will just delete it and we can forget it happened”

    There’s not enough there to call it cheating in my book – showing scoreboard down and distance with sideline would have been a different story- but honestly it’s not a nothingburger either. It’s there and they admitted it was wrong. As much as I have enjoyed mocking the Patriot haters over the years this level of negligence deserves the grief that they are getting and can’t be defended.

    Moral of the story: Don’t. Point. The. Camera. At. The. Sidelines. Cmon champs… it’s not that hard.

  15. “Can’t call a student a genius if he stole the answer key from the teacher’s desk.

    Dark cloud hanging over Brady, Belichick and the whole organization.”

    Go look at the Ravens website. They have a series called 360 replay that guess what, has a great deal of footage focused on the opposing team’s sideline. I expect you will find similar on many of the teams sites. Guess by your logic there’s a “dark cloud” hanging over the Ravens, Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson.

  16. Defense: its a part of getting to the post season!
    Brees has 21 4th quarter comebacks that were overturned by bad defense allowing winning score.
    More than Brady and Manning COMBINED!
    Remember when Tom Brady intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal line to win the Super Bowl?
    and last year, remember Brady just shutting down the Rams offense?
    Wins and losses in Football are a TEAM STATISTIC!
    in terms of the MEASURABLE MECHANICS of playing NFL QB:
    Drew Brees is the BEST.
    He is the MOST CONSISTENT and MOST ACCURATE QB in NFL HISTORY
    you could look it up!

  17. Only reason Brady’s played more playoff games is because he’s always had a better defense. Brees has had 2 top 10 defenses…Brady’s had 15.

  18. Placating the insecure Patriots fans I see.

    However, Drew Brees playoff numbers are markedly better than Brady’s if you go on a per-game basis, which is the only way to measure this if you have any interest in trying to be fair.

  19. If you want to be fair, don’t compare any Brees accomplishments to Brady’s in the playoffs and championship games. And definitely don’t compare those bad weather outdoor games which Brady’s accuracy flourishes in with everything on the line to Brees. You don’t want to do that.

    Actually, in fairness to Brees, you really can’t compare those to anyone because Brady is in his own category of achievement there.

  20. When postseason is included, Brady owns the career records for TDs, yards
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    Brady has had the benefit of having the most top 10 scoring defenses at his disposal out of any QB in NFL history. A more fair metric is a per-game basis – what mdd913 wrote above.

  21. The NFL is ridiculous in so many things … in this case, WHY just count regular season games when compiling records? It seems that if you make it to the playoffs, it would be harder to compile good numbers because you’re playing against teams that were also good enough to make the playoffs. It’s not like Brady has been padding his stats (BTW, I hate both the Saints and the Patriots) against a series of patsies … If you play the game, your stats in that game ought to count. It’s not like they want to count preseason games …

    Also, the QB rating system is totally ridiculous. You can have a PERFECT rating of 158.3 even if you throw several incompletions. That’s not perfect … why not just have a rating of 0 to 100; and 100 ought to be PERFECT. No incompletions, no interceptions, an average of, say, 10 yards per completion, maybe one TD for every 10 completions or something. But, of course, that would make too much sense, so there’s no way the NFL would ever consider it. Sigh.

  22. mdd913 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 10:25 am
    Placating the insecure Patriots fans I see.
    However, Drew Brees playoff numbers are markedly better than Brady’s if you go on a per-game basis, which is the only way to measure this if you have any interest in trying to be fair.
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    The only way to measure total lifetime TD records is per game???

  23. Like i posted in the Brees comments.

    I’m a huge Pats fan and a HUGE Brady fan!! Brady is the G.O.A.T. There is no question about that. None. If you say otherwise, you’re just jealous.

    That said, Brees is an absolute stud. Love the guy! Well deserved!

    Hopefully, we finally get to see a Saints vs Patriots superbowl! Battle of the 2 best QB’s ever!

  24. beerbaron says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:21 am
    If Brady played half his games in domes like Brees and Manning he’d have 700+ TDs

    Would he if he were Brees’ size, or had to play with a similar defense?

  25. To read the ridiculous comments on who is better and why is comical. Yes, Brady has been on better teams and has played for possibly the greatest dynasty of all time. Whether they cheat or not is not the question. Brady has been great. Considering Brady has played more playoff games than either of the other players then that would explain why his numbers are better. All of these players has indeed played 16 regular season games and when they do it does seem that Brees has better numbers. Brady doesn’t play in a dome? Well his #s still aren’t better than Brees’ in a dome so that argument is a bit dumb. The truth of the matter is that both of these qbs are unreal and you most likely wont see players playing at this level for such a long time. I’m sure if you asked Brees he would give up a few of the many nfl records he has for more rings. But rings aren’t an individual statistic. As much as some of you may think. The whole Goat argument is silly. Cant compare. Just completely different circumstances.

  26. ahzroc says:
    December 17, 2019 at 10:22 am
    Defense: its a part of getting to the post season!
    Brees has 21 4th quarter comebacks that were overturned by bad defense allowing winning score.
    More than Brady and Manning COMBINED!
    Remember when Tom Brady intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal line to win the Super Bowl?
    and last year, remember Brady just shutting down the Rams offense?
    Wins and losses in Football are a TEAM STATISTIC!
    in terms of the MEASURABLE MECHANICS of playing NFL QB:
    Drew Brees is the BEST.
    He is the MOST CONSISTENT and MOST ACCURATE QB in NFL HISTORY
    you could look it up!

    ——————–

    Please stop. Brees is a freaking stud, but he’s not Brady. He’s #2. Be happy with that.

    If you want to start a debate, how has Brees fared in bad weather?

  27. beerbaron says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:21 am
    If Brady played half his games in domes like Brees and Manning he’d have 700+ TDs

    Denver is outdoors and Manning had his best season there. Nice try though.

  28. I think Brady is the GOAT, but this is hardly proof of it. He’s played in so many more playoff games – and no, that’s not all because of him. He happens to play for one of the best run organizations in sports, and the undisputed GOAT coach.

    I always hear about Manning’s “one & dones.” Does anyone really want to try to compare how the Colts ran their organization & put their teams together w/ New England? More importantly, does anyone want to compare any one of Manning’s 5 coaches to Belichick?

    Football is the ultimate team game. Brady is great, but in terms of postseason success, there is a lot more that goes into that than great QB play.

  29. Since we are getting ticky tacky with stats to overshadow Brees’ achievement, just note that the totals in the article are based on the number of games shown below, whether it be regular or postseason.

    Manning 266
    Brees 273
    Brady 283

    Now, can someone please post the number of snaps each player has taken in their respective careers so we may drill down and discredit further?

  30. sb44champs says:
    December 17, 2019 at 10:44 am
    When postseason is included, Brady owns the career records for TDs, yards
    ===================================================
    Brady has had the benefit of having the most top 10 scoring defenses at his disposal out of any QB in NFL history. A more fair metric is a per-game basis – what mdd913 wrote above.
    ———————————————————
    Unless Tom Brady plays on defense that’s irrelevant when it comes to career TDs and yards.

  31. The only way to measure total lifetime TD records is per game???
    =================================================
    He meant measure playoff stats on a per-playoff game basis. Its not Brees’ fault that he has had to play with some of the worst defenses in NFL history. Brady usually has a top 10 defense every year that’s the difference and why Brady has played more games and had more success in the post season than Brees. Not Brees’ fault.

  32. This is a record due to longevity. Very few Qbs will ever play long enough to come close to the record. It has helped also that the rules have been slanted to help the offense and protect the QB, enabling them to play longer.

  33. The post season is all that matters. It is why they play the games. How many times had Brees lost when he should have won in post season? Everyone who is a hater will keep making excuse. Brady is a Legend and the best QB in history of league by any measure. Go cry to Mama if you do not like it. 20 years from now NFL films and the record books will be all about Brady and not Brees. Enough said.

    Hate all you want. In New England we know better. Saints would have traded Brees for Brady in a heartbeat if they could have years ago. Enough said.

  34. DOME QUARTERBACKS…. enough said. Neither Manning or Brees would have anywhere near their totals if they played outside in a on a Northern field!!
    Brady>Montana>Brees>Young>Manning

  35. The Browns don’t deserve Browns Fans says:
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    Love the name.

  36. Keep making excuses haters. Keep trying to make excuses for other QB. You play to win the Super Bowl. Brady was the leader on a Dynasty same as Montana only better. Peyton choked in big games. See his multiple interceptions in playoff games. Almost as many interceptions as TD in post season. Don’t makes excuses for his teams as Colts won 11 or more games multiple seasons and number one and two seeds many years. That is just an excuse losers. Brady is better by every measure. Brady played best when pressure was highest. Only QB in history capable of coming back form 28-3 in SB. Most QB give up and show the Manning face. Brady rallied his teammates and they never gave up.

    Brady is a LEGEND. 6 titles and counting. Won SB at 41 years of age. Tried to take him down with phony deflategate and he won 3 more SB AFTER deflategate playing with NFL approved balls. He could beat your team with a nerf football idiots. In his three SB losses he gave Patriots lead with under two minutes to play in both SB against Giants and against the Eagles he set SB record with 505 yards passing. Even in losses he gave team great chance to win. Coming back from 28-3 against Falcons under that pressure is best I ever saw a QB play in history.

    BRADY IS LEGENDARY. PERIOD.

  37. The only way to measure total lifetime TD records is per game???
    =================================================
    He meant measure playoff stats on a per-playoff game basis. Its not Brees’ fault that he has had to play with some of the worst defenses in NFL history. Brady usually has a top 10 defense every year that’s the difference and why Brady has played more games and had more success in the post season than Brees.

  38. When the postseason is not included, Brady does not own the career records for TDs, yards…just sayin’

  39. After seeing that sad, over the top celebration and display of pompous self-adulation last night for a meaningless, individual regular season record I almost feel sorry for Brees, who clearly feels the need to be in the spotlight. Between all of the postseason failures and never being considered in the same breath of Brady, I saw last night as a Payton scripted passion play against an inferior team in which Brees sets a meaningless record with a 5 yard (Peyton special) bomb in a 20-0 cakewalk It’s almost as if they expect everyone to forget Brees and Payton’s involvement in the worst scandal in NFL history, Bounty-gate.

  40. Drew Brees has thrown 59 more career INTs than Tom Brady, which is 33% more. That stat alone knocks Brees out of GOAT contention.

    Listen Brees is a great QB….one of the all-time greats. He does not and can not match the success and career of Brady. Why has Brees never won the MVP?

  41. But it isn’t and there is a good reason for it: some teams do not make the playoffs. Apples to apples means in 16 games. Playoffs are a *team* accomplishment and because a *team* is what gets QBs to the playoffs, it would make zero sense to do it any other way.

  42. TO SB44CHAMPS

    No one in New England is insecure about NFL. We are a Dynasty moron. It is the rest of the NFL fan bases who always have to make excuses. We are loud and proud fool. We are also not just a city we are a region of six states and LOVE our team. We also ignore the noise. We laugh at excuses whining and hating. We KNOW football games are won and lost on the FIELD not on SOCIAL MEDIA. We do not cry and win when we lose. We look forward to competing in the following year. Why don’t you root for your own team instead of whining about a Dynasty. Boo Hoo. No one cares up here.

    In New England the team is focusing and hell bent on winning a seventh title making them greatest franchise in history. Better bring your AAA game. No one gives you a SB you have to win it on the field. Beating the Dynasty in the post season is a whole different beast then beating them in regular season. Mahomes and Jackson have not done anything yet except win in regular season. All their records and fantasy points are meaningless if the do not win a title. Worth jack squat.

    Fans want titles. It is why they play the game. Social media rantings pro bowls fantasy points hype is all meaningless without a title. Brady knows best fools.

  43. Saints would have traded Brees for Brady in a heartbeat
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    Saints would have traded Brees’ defenses for Brady’s defenses in a heartbeat. There I fixed it for you.

  44. You know you’re the best when all others are compared to you. Nobody compared Brees to Pay-a-ton Manning, only to Brady. Rogers to Brady. Manning to Brady. Sorry 9rs fans, but even Montana to Brady. Who’s the yard stick against whom all others are measured? GOAT

  45. objectivefbfan says:
    December 17, 2019 at 11:55 am
    But it isn’t and there is a good reason for it: some teams do not make the playoffs. Apples to apples means in 16 games. Playoffs are a *team* accomplishment and because a *team* is what gets QBs to the playoffs, it would make zero sense to do it any other way.

    ———-

    So postseason stats are “team” accomplishments but regular season stats are not? Do you see how ridiculous this sounds?

  46. You can’t compare playoffs with regular season. IMO they are different records because the opportunity isn’t there. its like comparing passing numbers of Sammy Baugh to current gen when they may only have had 11-12 games a season.

    not an apples to apples comparison. Leave brady’s post season records as a stand alone thing where it belongs.

  47. sb44champs says:
    December 17, 2019 at 11:40 am
    Insecure Pats fans are in full force today.

    ************************************

    Full force where? It’s entertainment reading about all the whining and crying about cheating. When you’ve been that dominant the past 2 decades and can’t come up with anything then I guess that’s all you have is a weak excuse of cheating. But congrats on your one win back in 2010. Cherish that memory.

  48. quote:”DOME QUARTERBACKS…. enough said. Neither Manning or Brees would have anywhere near their totals if they played outside in a on a Northern field!!
    Brady>Montana>Brees>Young>Manning”

    Uhm isn’t the field in INdy where Peyton got most of his stats, a dome?

  49. ahzroc says:
    December 17, 2019 at 11:22 am
    True or False:
    Wins are a TEAM Statistic.
    ——————————————

    Fun Fact: QBs in the NFL, like NHL goalies & MLB pitchers, are the only players in their sport charged with wins and losses.

    OFC it’s true wins are a team stat, it’s also true they are a QB statistic. To the point where realistically win % is the ONLY number that really matters. Belichick put it better than anyone when he said ‘Stats are for losers, the final scoreboard is for winners.’

  50. I KNOW !
    I remember when Brady intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal line to stop the Seahawks from actually winning the Super Bowl, and preserving HIS OWN win!
    and the way Brady just masterfully SHUT DOWN the Rams last year? Dominating Brady win…probably only challenged by Rothlisberger just destroying the Seahawks with his 22.6 QB rating in the Superbowl!

  51. All these stats are great except for the fact that- any comparison is clouded by the rule changes , the protection of the QB’s. The NFL wants a video game – which is fine
    However : Brady , Manning & Brees would have extremely different careers if they played back when it was played like it was intended….. Montana , Marino , Elway , Fouts and others would have had a field day playing today…

  52. I think that it is fair to include post-season play. If you want to talk about all-time records, then everything should be included.

    That doesn’t mean that Brees’ records are to be ignored. He simply owns the record for the most regular season TDs. Brady owns the record for the most TDs, period.

    When we talk about WRs with the most career yards, we don’t say it’s unfair to the WRs that only lasted 3 years. The same should apply to QB records

  53. BRADY IS LEGEND………….The rest mere mortals…….

    Belichick said it best “there is no other QB I would rather have than Tom”

    Belichick is the NFL expert on NFL History.

  54. Brady has never had a NFL losing season.

    He has led the Patriots to 16 division championships.

    He has played in 13 AFCCG, winning 9, including eight straight.

    He has won 6 super bowls with the Patriots.

    Nothing said above disputes those facts. No other player, and no QB has come close to that achievement and no future player will repeat nor surpass them.

  55. Imagine if your favorite team and QB had an 11-3 record, needed just one win in it’s last two games to win its division and likely both games to get a first round bye, and the fans of other teams finally believed you looked vulnerable for the first time in over a decade.

    Life IS Good should have a tee shirt to express that feeling.

  56. Pats fans always trying to discredit others success. Can’t compare stats to include post season. There is an unequal distribution of games played due to many variables, not just that individual player. That’s why it’s hard to compare players from different generations. Game was different. In this case, who they played for and how the organization is operated does Matter. Brady is the greatest qb ever but manning and now Brees were better passers.

  57. When we talk about WRs with the most career yards, we don’t say it’s unfair to the WRs that only lasted 3 years. The same should apply to QB records

    Apples to oranges. And yes, listen to arguments regarding Terrell Davis or frank gore.. so we actually do discuss longevity in regards to stature

  58. Reports say Brady has physically not been able to do much at practice these days.

    That explains a LOT. I just hope we aren’t watching the GOAT limp to the finish line of an amazing career. 😢

  59. It’s hard to imagine how much better TB12 would have been if he had the luxury of playing in a dome! Such an amazing career he’s had despite playing in the various weather conditions in New England!
    We have been blessed!

  60. Career passer rating.

    Brady – Dome 109, Outdoors 96.4

    Brees – Dome 104.9, Outdoors 91.4

  61. I see the “less is more” crowd showed now that the whole Montana thing is settled. Very weak arguments.

    Brees is a great HOF QB who lived, appropriately, in two larger shadows. He deserves his moments.

  62. Lots of uptight Pats fans in here. Guess because Brees owns almost every record in the record book or will. Brady has more super bowls than Brees and that is true, no denying that he has played yearly with a top ten defense yearly and the best defensive mind in NFL history. Brees has had to play with historically bad defenses, some of the worse in history. He can only control one side of the ball. NE’s defense won them at least 3-4 of those super bowls. Honestly, if Brees had just an average defense every year, I think he could be Brady’s equal in super bowls.

  63. NE’s defense won them at least 3-4 of those super bowls.
    ——
    I’d say 1. The most recent one.

  64. sb44champs says:

    Insecure Pats fans are in full force today.
    ____________________

    Says an insecure Saints fan. Oh, the irony…

  65. mdd913 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    How can Patriots fans be so insecure after 6 championships? Wow. How embarrassing
    ———————-

    So this is the new narrative? It’s like the guys who say Pats fans have thin skin yet they are the ones who post on every single article related to the Pats.

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