Drew Brees becomes National Football League passing yardage king in Saints win

Oct 10, 2018, 02:16
Drew Brees becomes National Football League passing yardage king in Saints win

"It's just truly been a dream come true", Brees said afterward.

Any hope Washington had of coming back was all but snuffed out when Justin Hardee, a special teams regular who was in the game because of Marshon Lattimore's concussion symptoms, snagged Alex Smith's underthrown pass at the Saints' 19-yard line and returned his first career interception to the Washington four.

The record probably won't last for long given the state of the NFL's passing rules, but congrats - for now -Drew. Brees posed for pictures on the sideline with his wife, Brittany, and their four children.

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Brees broke the record on a 62-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith in the second quarter.

He set the then single-season mark for passing yards with 5,476 in the 2011 season before it was eclipsed two years later by Manning.

The game was temporarily stopped and Brees was given the ball that set the milestone.

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The Saints, at coach Sean Payton's insistence, took a chance on Brees in 2006, and the payoff has been extraordinary.

In 2012, Brees also set the National Football League record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 54.

An 11-time Pro Bowl player, Brees led the Saints to a Super Bowl during the 2009 campaign, earning MVP of the game. Brees surpassed Hall-of-Famer Johnny Unitas' streak of 47 straight - which had stood since 1960.

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The game featured other touches meant to honor Brees. Linebacker Manti Te'o is making progress towards returning to the field after suffering his own knee injury earlier in the season.