Drew Brees Breaks Payton Manning’s Career Record for Passing Yards

Drew Brees breaks Payton Manning’s All Time Record for Career Passing Yards
Drew Brees celebrated with his family after passing Peyton Manning for the N.F.L. record for career passing yards. Photo Credit 
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By Benjamin HoffmanOct. 8, 2018

Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning to become the N.F.L.’s leader in career passing yards, breaking the record in the second quarter of a 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday.

Brees, the prolific New Orleans Saints quarterback who is in his 18th season, came into the game in third place, behind both Manning’s 71,940 and Brett Favre’s 71,838. He passed Favre with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill, and then exceeded Manning’s total with a 62-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Tre-Quan Smith.

Play was briefly suspended as Brees celebrated with teammates on the field before being greeted on the sideline by his family. The ball from the touchdown pass was immediately handed to a representative of the Pro Football Hall of Fame so it could make its way to Canton, Ohio.

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