Drew Brees is now the NFL's all-time leading passer!
Brees passed Peyton Manning to become the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing with a 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre'Quan Smith on Monday night that sent New Orleans on its way to a lopsided 43-19 victory over the mistake-prone Washington Redskins.
Brees exited the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
Officials stopped the game and the history-making ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials waiting on the sideline.
It was an emotional moment after Brees' record-setting completion as he was mobbed by teammates.More news: The New Nokia 7.1 Is A Mid-Range Phone With Flagship Specs
When the night began, Brees was sitting third on the all-time list with 71,740 passing yards, 201 yards behind Manning for the No. 1 spot.
The game continued after with the Saints unsuccessfully attempted a two-point conversion - with Brees notably split out as a receiver, at least in theory, while backup quarterback Taysom Hill took the snap and tried to run into the end zone.
Saints' quarterback Drew Brees set a new National Football League record for career passing yards in Monday night's blowout win against the Redskins - and he did it in style.
"All your hard work and dedication has paid off", Manning said in a pre-taped message. You've ruined that for me. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
The touchdown pass gave the Saints a 26-6 lead as they sought to move into first place in the NFC South division.
Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it". In the press box, the Superdome catering staff served "beefy mac", a meal of macaroni with ground beef that has always been one of Brees' traditional meals on the night before games.