Brees entered the game needing 201 yards to eclipse Peyton Manning's previous mark of 71,940 yards. During the second quarter of the Saints' game against the Redskins, Brees connected with Tre'Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass to claim the record.
It was expected that Drew Brees would pass Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yards record on Monday night in New Orleans, but the way that it happened was pretty special.
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 hugged coach Sean Payton and his family on the sidelines. It makes me proud and it makes me extremely grateful - extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game, to play it as long as I've played it, to have wound up here in New Orleans. He already owns records for career completion percentage (67.1-percent), passing yards per game (342.3), and consecutive seasons of 4,500 yards (7).
Brees, who turns 40 in January, led the Saints to a 2010 Super Bowl victory, taking Most Valuable Player honors in a 31-17 triumph over Manning's Indianapolis Colts.More news: Romelu Lukaku opens up about Alexis Sanchez at Man United
On a more serious note, Manning said Brees broke the record "the right way".
"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). "All of your hard work and dedication have paid off". And you've ruined that for me.
"It's great to have him back", Payton said, stressing the Ingram's presence reduces the physical toll on fellow running back Alvin Kamara. He also has the most 5,000-yard passing seasons, with five - all other NFL quarterbacks have combined for just four such campaigns - and he holds the league's single season record for most completions, notching 471 in 2016.