Drew Brees Becomes All-Time Passing Leader on 62-Yard TD Pass

Drew Brees Becomes All-Time Passing Leader on 62-Yard TD Pass

Brees passed Peyton Manning to become the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing with a 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre'Quan Smith on Monday night that sent New Orleans on its way to a lopsided 43-19 victory over the mistake-prone Washington Redskins.

The game was stopped so the moment could be recognized with Brees' family and the removal of the ball so that it could go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brees still needs 41 touchdown passes to surpass Manning's record of 539, something the Saints quarterback could achieve next season if he maintains his current level of play.

Manning taped a message to Brees, which was shown in the stadium when he broke the record. Drew Brees just made NFL history on Monday night football.

Cheering supporters roared in the Superdome as Smith ran into the end zone with the historic catch, which gave the Saints a 26-6 lead and pushed Brees to 71 968 yards at that point, 28 yards beyond Manning's old mark. However, Saints coach Sean Peyton took a chance on the 6'0ft quarterback and the tandem eventually won a Super Bowl, ironically against Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts.

"I knew we were within striking distance" of the record, Brees said.




You just knew the man was going to do it in style.

"All your hard work and dedication have paid off", Manning said while holding up a photo of himself and Brees standing side-by-side in 2000, when Brees was still at Purdue and Manning was a third-year pro.

The game featured other touches meant to honor Brees.

With the game well in hand after the two-minute warning, Payton subbed Brees out of the game. And you've ruined that for me.

Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it". He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He also owns 5 of the 9 single seasons with 5,000 or more yards passing.

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