Entering the Monday Night Football showdown between the Saints and the Redskins, Drew Brees needed just 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning (71,940 yards) as the NFL's all-time passing leader. He actually began the evening third on the all-time list and passed Brett Favre (71,838 yards) on Monday, as well.
Brees then removed his helmet, saluted fans and exchanged hugs on the sideline with his wife, Brittany, their four kids and Saints coach Sean Payton. He recorded a video in which he congratulates Brees on the accomplishment but not before shaming the Saints quarterback for taking the record from him. You're going to accomplish anything in life you're willing to work for, right?
It was a good-natured video from Manning, and he wrapped it up with serious congratulations. But I don't think it could have happened in any better fashion than it did.
Drew Brees knocked Peyton Manning into second place on the NFL's all-time passing leaderboard.
Brees came into Week 5 not only leading the NFL in completion percentage, but with a mark higher than the 72.0 he posted a year ago, which set a single-season league record.
Mark Ingram had run for touchdowns of one and two yards and Brees flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill for other Saints scoring in the first half. He had a breakout campaign in 2004, but by then the Chargers had drafted Philip Rivers with the fourth overall pick, and in the final game of the 2005 season, Brees suffered a major shoulder injury.
Saints officials said Brees also would hand his uniform over to the Hall of Fame after the game.
Manning, a New Orleans native whose father, Archie, starred for the Saints, could not attend the game because of a scheduling conflict.
Dustin Hopkins kicked field goals of 37 and 53 yards for Washington, which also had a 4-yard touchdown run from Alex Smith to pull within 26-13 at half-time. Thanks to you, that's over now, and you've ruined that for me. Yards, as you all know, cannot necessarily mean winning games.
"It's hard for me to reflect too much right now just because my career's not done".
Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it. Credit to him for playing as long as he has, at such a high level".
Brees set the National Football League all-time completions record last month with number 6,301 to break Favre's career mark. He also owns 5 of the 9 single seasons with 5,000 or more yards passing.