Peyton Manning sends hilarious congratulations to Drew Brees

This guy is awesome. Flat-out awesome.’ — Teammates spill on Drew Brees as QB approaches record

Cape Town - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set the National Football League all-time passing yardage record on Monday, breaking Peyton Manning's old mark on a 62-yard touchdown pass in a 43-19 victory over Washington.

Brees hit rookie Tre'Quan Smith with a 62-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against Washington to break Peyton Manning's previous record of 71,940 yards. Brees, meanwhile, was able to share the moment with his wife and children down on the sideline.

Cheering supporters roared in the Superdome as Smith ran into the end zone with the historic catch, which gave the Saints a 26-6 lead and pushed Brees to 71 968 yards at that point, 28 yards beyond Manning's old mark. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

Anticipating that Brees might break the record against his team, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden told the Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir before the game, "It's a great accomplishment, man".

The game featured other touches meant to honor Brees.

Brees, who's 39 years old now, has put together a superb career to this point, with a Super Bowl victory and MVP honors in that game.

This record is just the latest entry in Brees' Hall of Fame-bound career. "Congratulations and I'm proud of you". Brees has passed for more than 59,000 yards and more than 400 TDs in 12-plus seasons for New Orleans, smashing every meaningful Saints passing record while helping long-frustrated franchise win its first Super Bowl in 2010 and go to the playoffs six times. As Teddy Bridgwater ran onto the field and Brees trotted to the sideline, Brees got one last ovation before fans began chanting: "Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints".

Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it". He also owns 5 of the 9 single seasons with 5,000 or more yards passing.

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