Drew Brees Passes Peyton Manning for Most Passing Yards in NFL History

 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws before an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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New Orleans SaintsquarterbackDrew Breesis now the most prolific passer inNFLhistory.

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NOLA celebrates as Drew Brees makes history. https://t.co/BGvaqH8PCM

 

With his 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith during the Saints’ Week 5 game against theWashington Redskins, Brees passedPeyton Manning‘s 71,940 career passing yards to move into first place on the all-time list.

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The pass that put Brees in the history books 💪

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Manning congratulated Brees on breaking his record in a way only he could:

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Congratulations, @drewbrees!

Peyton Manning’s really happy you broke his record.

Well … kind of. 🤣 https://t.co/aUxXIDFzI8

 

Brees started the 2018 season asone of only three quarterbacksin NFL history with at least 70,000 passing yards.Brett Favreand Manning are the others.

Brees entered Monday night trailing Manning by 200 yards, with 98 yards separating Brees from Favre in second place.

Manning even acknowledged over the summer that his record was going to fall soon.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of if [Brees breaks the record], it’s just a matter of when,” Manningtold reportersin June. “He deserves it. He’s been a great player for a long time.”

Brees, 39, is just checking off more boxes on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he decides to hang up his cleats.

The 11-time Pro Bowler began this season as the NFL’s all-time leader in most consecutive years with at least 4,000 passing yards (12), 5,000 passing yards (five) and 300-yard passing games (109).

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