If Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady units the NFL all-time passing report Sunday night time towards his former workforce, and he wants solely 68 yards to do it, the New England Patriots will pause to acknowledge it however not cease the sport for a ceremony, per a workforce official.
The Patriots are anticipated to briefly acknowledge Brady’s accomplishment. However what unfolds in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday night time if Brady units the NFL’s all-time passing mark will stand in stark distinction to how the New Orleans Saints handled Drew Brees when he set the report.
The Saints stopped the game, Brees’ household got here on to the sphere, the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s David Baker was there to get the soccer, and your entire dwelling stadium celebrated.
Gillette Stadium would possibly have a good time Sunday night time as nicely, however the recognition will likely be temporary, as the sport will go on with out interruption after acknowledging Brady’s feat.
Brady presently is at 80,291 passing yards, chasing the report that Brees holds with 80,358.
However Brady’s passing report won’t be the one distinctive ingredient of what is likely to be essentially the most hyped and anticipated regular-season recreation in NFL historical past.
The Patriots have issued 506 media credentials for the sport, together with 262 for NBC, which is broadcasting the sport. For perspective, the Patriots issued 206 whole media credentials for the workforce’s season-opener towards the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 12, with 70 going to broadcaster CBS. Final week towards the Saints, the Patriots issued 215 credentials (together with 60 for broadcaster Fox).
The Patriots even have two dozen former alumni attending the sport, together with former Brady teammates resembling Ty Legislation, Deion Department, Joe Andruzzi and Jarvis Inexperienced.
However simply as there’s all types of anticipation in New England, the identical is true in Tampa across the Buccaneers. “Everybody’s enjoying it off as one other recreation, however it’s not simply one other recreation,” one Buccaneers’ official stated this weekend.