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Tom Brady sets all-time passing record in first quarter of Sunday Night Football

Drew Brees couldn't imagine walking out of the victors tunnel in New Orleans but sees the Sunday Night Football showdown as an opportunity for New England, the city of Boston, and for Tom Brady himself to find "closure."

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady entered Sunday’s game against New England needing only 68 yards to set the league’s all-time passing record.

He got it done in the first quarter.

Brady surpassed Drew Brees’ 80,358 yards with a 28-yard pass to Mike Evans over the middle with 6:10 left in the first quarter. Though the Buccaneers called a timeout before their next play, the game didn’t pause to commemorate the moment.

The Gillette Stadium scoreboard briefly showed a graphic. And the Patriots tweeted a tribute to Brady, saying “it’s only fitting it happened at Gillette Stadium.”

After the timeout, Brady completed a short pass to receiver Antonio Brown for 3 yards, putting a little more space between him and Brees.

Brady is 6-of-11 for 71 yards so far in his homecoming.

The Buccaneers’ drive stalled in the red zone, with Ryan Succop kicking a 29-yard field goal to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.

There is something poetic about Brady accomplishing the feat in the stadium where he threw for so many of those yards. The New England crowd gave Brady a warm reception when he entered the field pregame, but some fans showered the Tampa Bay offense with boos at the start of its first drive.