In front of a raucous crowd at the Superdome, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees vaulted beyond Peyton Manning (71,940) as the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader during a 43-19 victory on Monday Night Football vs. the Washington Redskins.

In fitting fashion, the passing of the torch came on a 62-yard touchdown from Brees to Tre’Quan Smith with 2:46 left in the second quarter.

Afterwards, Brees discussed his emotions in the moment, being able to share it with his family and thanked everyone along the way. 

Brees, who entered the game needing 201 yards to set the record, finished with 363 yards, three touchdowns and a career best completion percentage (26-for-29).

Brees now has 72,103 passing yards as the Saints (4-1) extended their winning streak to four games and remain in first place in the NFC South.

The Saints will get some rest with a bye week followed by a road contest at the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 21.

There’s even more history for Brees approaching.

With his next touchdown, Brees will become just the fourth member of the 500 club along with Manning (539), Brett Favre (508) and Tom Brady (500).

Since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, Brees has a Super Bowl MVP and 10 Pro Bowl appearances amongst a myriad of other accolades. 

In an illustrious career filled with so many fond memories, this achievement and the showering of adoration from Who Dat nation is something Brees will never forget.

“The last 13 years you think about all the big events, the big moments that have occurred in this dome, going back to [Steve] Gleason’s blocked punt, the reopening of the dome on Monday Night Football in ’06 and so many other great moments to this Monday night,” Brees said. “Hopefully we’ve got quite a few left. I just enjoy these one at a time absolutely.”

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