SJ - October 4, 2021
Tom Brady returned to Foxboro on Sunday night and left with a two point victory over the franchise he spent 20 years with. That's not all he left with. Brady now has the all-time passing yards record after passing Drew Brees' record early in the game.
Brees was there and ready for a mid-game celebration, but one never came. That's because Brady, the Bucs and the Patriots didn't want one. They made note of it and moved on.
Patriots recognize Tom Brady as passing yard record holder.
— Ian Steele (@IanSteeleABC6) October 4, 2021
So this is a good place to reiterate my note from PGL on @NBCSportsBoston: Neither the Patriots nor the Bucs nor Tom Brady himself wanted the game stopped to recognize the record-breaking throw. The NFL insisted on it.
Looked like Brady wasn't interested in playing their game.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 4, 2021
I love that. What was more noteworthy on the night was the fact that it was the 69 bowl and Gronk wasn't there. Both head coaches are 69 and Brady finished the night with 269 yards passing.
Is it fitting that Brady broke the record in front of Patriots fans? Maybe. It's more fitting that Gronk wasn't there on a night with so much 69. It's like his spirit was somehow in the building.
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