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Here is How Tom Brady Could Break NFL Passing Record in New England Return

Tom Brady is set to return to Gillette Stadium in three weeks and could leave his 20-year place of employment as the NFL's all-time leading passer.

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports Brady -- who has thrown for 79,583 yards during his 22-year career -- is now 775 yards away from Drew Brees' league record of 80,356 career passing yards and could easily break it against his former team, the New England Patriots, on October 3 if he throws for more than 300 yards in his next two games.

"If Brady throws for 300+ in his next two games, he could conceivably break the record in the second or third quarter against the Patriots," Volin tweeted.

On Thursday (September 9), trailing by one point with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter, the 44-year-old quarterback led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers down the field to set up a 36-yard field goal by Ryan Succop that propelled the Bucs to a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the first game of the 2021 NFL season.

The final drive culminated a stellar performance for the 44-year-old quarterback, who finished with 379 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions -- one coming on a halftime Hail Mary pass -- on 32 of 50 passing.

ESPNStats & Info reports Brady has now successfully led 49 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime during his career, trailing only Peyton Manning (54) and Brees (53).

The upcoming matchup in New England will also be a homecoming for Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, who spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Patriots, which included winning three of the franchise's six championships during Brady's 20-year tenure at quarterback.

Gronkowski also appeared to be in midseason form during Thursday's victory, catching eight passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

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