Before Drew Brees could blow kisses to the adoring Superdome crowd and before he could embrace his wife and children on the sideline, the Saints’ 39-year-old quarterback had to shred one of the NFL’s top pass defenses with ruthless efficiency.
And so he did when Brees connected on this 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre’Quan Smith and, in doing so, passed Peyton Manning to become the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing last night.
It was the second of three TD passes Brees would throw in New Orleans lopsided 43-19 victory over the mistake-prone Washington Redskins.
“It’s hard for me to reflect too much right now just because my career’s not done. There are still goals to be accomplished. There are still challenges to be met. And so I’m still very focused on that,” Brees said. “And yet, when something like this happens, there are so many people who are responsible for that, that are a part of that, that makes me happy. It makes me proud and it makes me extremely grateful—extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game, to play it as long as I’ve played it, to have wound up here in New Orleans.” “It’s just been an unbelievable journey.”
Brees entered the game needing 201-yards to eclipse Peyton Manning’s previous mark of 71,940-yards. He had 250-yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363-yards and three touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception this season. He did, however, make his eighth career reception on his own deflected pass, and pushed across the line of scrimmage to add an extra yard to his career total.