NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The last thing Drew Brees wanted to think about was the hallowed passing record he has a slim chance to break against Carolina on Sunday.
He soon realized he didn't have much choice. While he he was digging into a ribeye at a French Quarter steakhouse, ten people walked up and said only that they hope he breaks the record.
Brees needs to pass for 402 yards to break Dan Marino's 1984 single-season record of 5,084. It's possible. He's thrown twice for more than 420 yards this season.
He says it's obviously important to the fans, so he hopes it happens -- because they deserve it.
Brees says his first priority is to win. That's no easy task. The Panthers are 11-4, and are gunning for the NFC South title and the second overall seed in the conference playoffs. that would give them a coveted first-round bye.
New Orleans is 8-7. And Carolina crushed the Saints 30-7 in mid-October.
Brees says the Panthers have a very good defense, so the Saints' work is cut out for them.