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Although Sean Payton helped Drew Brees become the NFL's all-time single season passer, the coach isn't divulging whether he'll enable his star quarterback to maintain that distinction.
With 5,087 yards passing after Monday night's victory over Atlanta, Brees enters the final week of the season 190 yards ahead of New England's Tom Brady. Yet the Saints' regular-season finale might not matter in terms of playoff seeding, meaning the more prudent choice for Payton could be to rest Brees for much of Sunday's game against Carolina.
The Patriots, by contrast, must beat Buffalo to ensure they'll have the top seed in the AFC.
Payton says he must consider what puts the Saints in the best position to make a Super Bowl run, and that such decisions are not always popular.
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Drew Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held since 1984, and the New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.
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Drew Brees set the NFL record for yards
passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held since
1984, and the New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South title with
a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.
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