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Tom Brady surpasses 40,000 passing yards in NFL career

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Tom Brady became the 14th player in NFL history to surpass 40,000 career passing yards during the first quarter of the New England Patriots' season-opening 34-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Brady reached the milestone on a 28-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Brady also passed John Elway on the NFL's all-time touchdowns list when he hit Aaron Hernandez for a 23-yard touchdown, his 301st, later in the quarter. Brady now is in fifth place on the all-time list and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 33 consecutive games.

Sunday wasn't all milestones for Brady, however. Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley sacked Brady during the second quarter, tossing the Patriots quarterback violently to the ground. Brady appeared to be bleeding from his nose following the hit and was evaluated by the Patriots' training staff, according to NFL.com and NFL reporter Ian Rapoport.

The cut didn't appear to be serious, however, as Brady soon was seen throwing on the sideline and later re-entered game with a bandage on his nose.

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