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In this Nov. 13 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees works during the first half of a game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Brees, the NFL's most prolific passer over the last five seasons, is on the brink of breaking a passing record that has stood nearly three decades. To break Dan Marino's 1984 single-season record of 5,084 yards passing in his final two regular-season games, Brees needs 305 yards, a mark he now routinely surpasses in one game. The Saints play Atlanta again ton...

Brees threatens passing records

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees could set the NFL's passing yards record in tonight's game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans.

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This season, Brees is completing 71.5 percent of his passes, threatening his own record, and with two games left is only 305 yards passing away from breaking Dan Marino's single-season yardage mark set in 1984.

Brees has thrown for no fewer than 4,388 yards in a single season with New Orleans. In 2008, he threatened Marino's single-season yards passing record of 5,084, finishing with 5,069. In 2009, Brees set an NFL record for single-season completion percentage with 70.6 while leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl.

"He's operating at a level that we probably haven't seen," Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. "It's going to be a challenge for us."

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