Saints’ Brees becomes NFL’s all-time yards passing leader

09 October, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Amy Huff
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In a hilarious video released by the Saints, Manning is seen making a salad when he's informed that Brees broke his mark of 71,940 passing yards.

Cape Town - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set the National Football League all-time passing yardage record on Monday, breaking Peyton Manning's old mark on a 62-yard touchdown pass in a 43-19 victory over Washington.

The record-snapping play came off of a 62-yard touchdown reception for Tre'Quan Smith, with the rookie breaking free against Washington's coverage to catch the ball and race down the sideline. Brees hugged coach Sean Payton and his family on the sidelines.

It was one of three passing TDs on the night for Brees, moving him up to 499 for his career, one shy of joining Manning (539), Favre (508) and Tom Brady (500) as only the fourth man in the elite 500 club.

Brees entered the game third all-time in passing yards with 71,740 before passing No. 2 Brett Favre (71,838).

Brees' teammates ran toward their quarterback as he jogged behind the play, and a group of them formed a jumping, celebrating mass of black and gold next to the Saints' fleur-de-lis emblem on the 50-yard line.

Brees, who's 39 years old now, has put together a superb career to this point, with a Super Bowl victory and MVP honors in that game.

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A second-round pick by the Chargers in 2001 after setting records at Purdue, Brees spent five seasons in San Diego as his career got off to a somewhat slow start.

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

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

Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it".

Other quarterbacks, past and present, also weighed in.

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

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