Drew Brees makes history in style, Saints thrash Redskins 43-19

09 October, 2018, 15:22 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Drew Brees is the NFL's all-time passer

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time passing record of 71,940 yards during the second quarter of Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins. He did so with this 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees, who tapped his heart and pointed to the spectators in the sold-out stadium, handed the football used on the play to a Hall of Fame official. Brees's next move was to the sideline, where his wife, children and Saints Coach Sean Payton awaited emotional embraces.

The 39-year-old signal caller was honored during a brief stoppage in play after breaking the record, receiving an ovation from players and fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans as he huddled with his family and Saints owner Gayle Benson.

It was an emotional moment after Brees' record-setting completion as he was mobbed by teammates.

The Saints' Smith, a third-round draft choice last spring, caught two touchdown passes from the 18th-year pro.

Manning later shared a tribute video with Brees.

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The 39-year-old passer, in his 18th National Football League campaign, now has 499 career touchdown passes, one shy of joining a select 500-touchdown National Football League club whose only members are Manning, Favre and New England's Tom Brady, who reached the milestone last Thursday.

"Obviously, and I know Drew feels the same way, you never play for individual records of any sorts", Manning said in June (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune).

Then he gets serious and congratulates Brees for real. "Congratulations and I'm proud of you".

Norman's defensive holding penalty during Brees' incomplete pass sustained the Saints' first scoring drive, capped by Ingram's short touchdown run.

"He deserves it. It's been an unbelievable run", Payton said.

It also took Brees fewer games than Manning to pass for 71,740 yards - Brees achieved the feat in 253 games compared to Manning's 266.

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