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Tom Brady passes 5,000-yard mark

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 1, 2012 02:08 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady finished today's 49-21 victory over the Bills with 338 yards and three touchdowns, and became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass the 5,000-yard mark. He finished with 5,235.

On a touchdown pass to TE Aaron Hernandez in the second quarter for 39 yards, Brady eclipsed the mark.

"Guys did a lot – catching the ball and running with it. Our passing game has been obviously a big strong point of this team," Brady said. "The pass catchers and the blockers have been great and we’ve run the ball great, too, at times. That’s what it takes – a complementary offense. You run it and we throw it when we need to throw it and we can be effective. You have to stay balanced and those guys have done a great job all year doing stuff with it."

Last week, Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed the 5,000-yard mark for the second time in his career, this time breaking Dan Marino's NFL record of 5,084 yards.

Brady began today's game needing 103 yards to hit 5,000.

"I play this game for one reason and it’s to win," Brady said. "There’s nothing more important to me than that. As a quarterback you do everything you can do to help this team win. When your number is called upon to go out and execute certain plays, that’s what you’re expected to do. It’s not something I think about, it’s not something I ever [think], ‘Man, I love throwing touchdowns,’ or ‘I love throwing for yards.’ I love winning and that helps me sleep at night."

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