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Brees is all-time passing leader

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Rita Gibson | 09 October, 2018, 10:26

Drew Brees came into Monday Night Football within striking distance of passing Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yardage record in the NFL.

Manning went ahead and congratulated Brees on breaking his passing touchdowns record, too - as he's well on pace to accomplish that feat before he retires. 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. As the Superdome crowd gave Brees a standing ovation, he removed his helmet and hugged his wife Brittany and their four children.

On a more serious note, Manning said Brees broke the record "the right way".

Brees has 250 yards passing and two touchdowns at halftime.

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Brees entered the game needing 201 yards for the record.

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. But Brees also would have to outpace Tom Brady, who has 500 TD passes, the only active player with more than Brees in that category. He led the Saints to a Super Bowl win over Manning and the Colts in 2009.

"Also, let this serve as the congratulations for the touchdown record because as you can see I'm very busy", Manning added.

Brees exited the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. Yards, as you all know, cannot necessarily mean winning games.

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