The Patriots beat the Vikings 24-10 at home to improve to 9-3 last night.
The most he ever ran for in a season was 110 yards in 2002, and his history of kneel downs to run out the clock at the end of games has no doubt cost him chances to get to milestone sooner.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after rushing for a first down during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium.
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Brady, who has passed for more than 69,000 yards in his stellar career, needed 19 years and 265 games to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark. "Hopefully, when your number is called, you step up".
Entering the day, he had accumulated 995 yards on 577 rushes for an average of 1.7 yards per carry. The Patriots defense hasn't allowed a 300-yard passer since Week 7 and they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 4.
"We had a bunch of holding calls again", Edelman said. "That wasn't really a difference in the game", he said.
Brady threw his 508th regular-season touchdown pass - a 24-yard connection to Josh Gordon in the third quarter - tying him with Brett Favre for third all time. "I just went along with it and it seemed to work in our favor".