According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the 41-year-old entered play Sunday having lost 160 rushing yards to kneel-downs since 2006, the year plays began being classified as "kneels".
Brady is 31 touchdown passes shy of Manning's all-time regular-season mark (539), though New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (518) appears more likely to reach that milestone first.
"HE DID IT" they crowed in post after after Brady, under pressure in the pocket on a third-down with three yards to go play, shot through an opening to pick up a first down. I'll learn from that obviously in this league, there's cameras everywhere and they'll catch everything. And I don't want to make too much of a 4- or 5-yard gain.
It took him 18-plus seasons, but Tom Brady is finally a 1,000-yard rusher.
Bill Belichick couldn't wait to heap effusive praise on Brady for the hard-earned benchmark.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady trotted himself into the 1,000-rushing yards club in Sunday's game against the Vikings, and he may be quitting while he's ahead.
"Yeah, that's really important to us", Belichick deadpanned.
"I've kind of inched along there for a long time", he said earlier. "Got to get back to work", he said.