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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time passing record of 71,940 yards during the second quarter of Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins.

"Drew, for 1,000 days I've held the record for all-time passing yards in the NFL".

Brees still needs 42 touchdown passes to surpass Manning's record of 539, something the Saints quarterback could achieve next season if he maintains his current level of play.

Officials stopped the game and the history-making ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials waiting on the sideline. Brees, meanwhile, was able to share the moment with his wife and children down on the sideline.

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New Orleans defeated the Washington Redskins 43-19.

"Drew, congratulations on this record", Manning said. He finished the game completing 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Brees was fourth on the list heading into Monday night at 496. Partnered in 2006 with a first-year head coach in Payton, the pair took the previously underachieving franchise to new heights, while also helping bring joy to a New Orleans community struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's destruction. He has also led the league in completions six times, in completion percentage five times and in passing touchdowns four times.

"You've ruined that for me". You've got to love the guy taking the news of his record being topped in stride.

Last season, he went 386-for-536 with 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.


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