Tom Brady reaches 45,000 career-passing yards in Patriots 23-21 win

Tom Brady joined an exclusive club in Sunday's 23-21 win over Buffalo. (USATSI)
Tom Brady joined an exclusive club in Sunday's 23-21 win over Buffalo. (USATSI)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made some history on Thursday and Tom Brady followed him up by making a little history of his own on Sunday. With 288 passing yards in New England's 23-21 win over Buffalo, Brady became just the ninth player in NFL history to reach 45,000 passing yards. 

Brady finished the game with a career total of 45,094 yards. 

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel -- who's thrown for 150 career yards -- almost spoiled Brady's milestone by leading Buffalo to an upset of the Patriots. A Manuel-to-Stevie Johnson touchdown pass put the Bills on top 21-17 in the third quarter and Buffalo stayed in the lead until Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit a 35-yard go-ahead field goal with five seconds left in the game. 

Gostkowski also hit from 33-yards earlier in the fourth quarter, a kick that cut the Buffalo lead to 21-20.

Manuel -- the only quarterback taken in the first round in 2013 NFL Draft -- finished 18-of-27 for 150 yards and two touchdown passes in his debut.  

As for Brady, he wasn't his best, but he was good enough. The 36-year-old quarterback threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble at the Bills 1-yard line. Brady attempted 52 passes in the game, the 10th highest total of his 14-year career.

Brady joins Drew Brees (46,276) and Peyton Manning (59,949) as the only active quarterbacks that have reached the 45,000 yard mark.

With the win over Buffalo, New England became just the fourth team in NFL history to win 10 or more straight openers. 

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