Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage on Monday night after a 62-yard touchdown catch by rookie wide receiver Tre-Quan Smith. The strike to Smith propelled the Saints to a 26-13 halftime lead.
By reaching 71,941 yards, Brees surpassed both Brett Favre and the previous record-holder Peyton Manning on Monday night.
Next up on the Brees agenda for NFL records? Passing touchdowns. Manning is at the top of the charts with 539 touchdown passes, which Brees will likely break at some point early next season. The former San Diego Chargers quarterback entered tonight’s game with 496 passing touchdowns.
He’ll some company for Manning’s top spot. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who just threw his 500th touchdown pass last Thursday night, is likely to hit surpass Manning in that category early next season as well.