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Tom Brady breaks Brett Favre's career starts record, finishes season with 40 TD passes

Cassandra Negley
·Writer
·2-min read

Tom Brady has another spot in the NFL record books.

Brady made his 299th career start on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons at home, 44-27. It surpassed Hall of Famer Brett Favre’s mark of 298.

Since taking over as quarterback of the New England Patriots in 2001, Brady has gotten the start in nearly every game of his 21-year career. He missed almost the entire 2008 season after injuring his knee in the season opener and also missed four games in 2016.

He holds the record for most wins as a starting quarterback with 229. Brady, 43, is also atop the NFL career leaderboard in passing touchdowns (581), having topped New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in October. The two active quarterbacks have traded the all-time mark before.

He’ll likely build on his record for career playoff games starting in the first round as the Bucs face the Washington Football Team on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The six-time Super Bowl champion is currently at 41.

Brady reaches 40 TD passes with Buccaneers

With four touchdowns in a 44-27 victory against the Falcons, Brady reached 40 touchdowns on the season. He joined Peyton Manning as the only players in history with at least 40 TDs in a season with multiple teams.

Only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers has more 40-plus touchdown seasons than the two stars. He has three.

Brady got the Buccaneers on the road to a win early with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin. He hit Antonio Brown with a 25-yard score in the second quarter and led the Buccaneers into the locker room with a 23-10 lead.

Brady hit Godwin and Brown again in the final four minutes of the game to put away the Falcons, who made it a 30-27 deficit with 8:19 on the clock.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has the most starts by a quarterback in NFL history. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has the most starts by a quarterback in NFL history. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

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