Tom Brady continued to enhance his already glittering reputation with two milestone touchdown passes for his New England Patriots against the Miami Dolphins, moving him up to second for all-time career touchdown throws.
The 42-year-old six-time Super Bowl winner’s passes for Elandon Roberts and James White saw him up to 541 NFL regular season career touchdowns, surpassing his old rival and friend Peyton Manning on 539.
Brady and Manning had a long-running rivalry for much of the 2000s, with the two often having to overcome the other as they chased top honours in the league until the latter called time on his career in 2016.
Both men are widely argued to be among the best to ever play the game.
Former Colts and Broncos QB Manning had led the way for career touchdown passes but this season has had to watch as both Brady and New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees have leaped ahead of him.
Brees, who jumped to the top of the list throwing four touchdowns in a scintillating display against the Colts in week 15, still heads the list on 547 following three more successful passes as his side routed the Carolina Panthers in their final regular season game.
With both stars still active into their 40s, it’s expected that both will continue the battle for supremacy well well into 2020.
However, including postseason games, Brady remains way out in front on 614 passes, with Brees currently a distant second on 580 and Manning finishing his career on 579 in third.
It wasn’t all good news for Brady however, as he couldn’t prevent the Patriots going to down in a shock 27-24 defeat to the Dolphins.
In fact, despite the achievement, Brady wasn’t exactly in sparkling form on the day, completing just 16 of 29 passes for 221 yards and an interception.
The result means the current Super Bowl holders miss out on a playoff bye and will have to go about retaining the crown in a more difficult manner than they might have liked, facing the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round.