New Orleans QB Brees makes history

Last night, Drew Brees had the game of his life.  The quarterback for the New Orleans Saints led his team to a huge victory over the lackluster Washington Redskins and, in the process, set a new record for the NFL.  He has now surpassed Payton Manning as the quarterback with the most passing yards ever in the league. 

Manning previously held the top spot with a total of 71,940 yards.  However, a 62-yard pass during the second quarter of the game gave the honor to the 39-year-old Brees, who now has 72,103 yards.  Manning had held the record for 1,000 days.  Making the achievement even sweeter was the fact that he set the record while throwing a pass that was caught in the end zone for a touchdown.

When the catch was made official, referees stopped the game and handed the ball to the Pro Football Hall of Fame officials that had been waiting on the sideline.  The game, which was played on the Saints' home field, saw the crowd roar into a standing ovation as Brees was congratulated by his wife and children. 

The Saints went on to win the game 43-19.  Brees went 26 for 29 to rack up 363 yards - and even managed to launch a pass that was caught by an unexpected player - Drew Brees.  His next record is to reach 501 touchdown passes to break Tom Brady's record of 500 and then to overtake Manning's record of 539.  It's a challenging feat, but Brees says he has enough game left in him to make a dedicated run. 

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