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Brees becomes NFL's all-time passing leader

09 October 2018

After Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards Monday, the game stopped momentarily.

Brees, who needed just 201 yards to break Peyton Manning's record of 71,940 career yards, greeted and thanked his teammates.

The Redskins, however, would rather forget it.

The Redskins (2-2) were embarrassed, stumbling through an inept performance that was especially baffling, given that the team was coming off a bye. "And so I'm still very focused on that", Brees said. But I don't think it could have happened in any better fashion than it did. Linebacker Manti Te'o is making progress towards returning to the field after suffering his own knee injury earlier in the season. There was no need for the senseless play, and the Saints would have punted if not for the penalty. Still, Redskins fans were about as involved in the game as tight end Jordan Reed, who had one catch and was inexplicably targeted only twice against the 30th-ranked pass defense.

On the next series, it got worse. Ryan Kerrigan hadn't finished celebrating his first sack of the season when Nicholson shoved Ingram to the turf in plain sight of the official, drawing a 15-yard penalty that extended New Orleans's drive.

"Communication, man", defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said. "You've ruined that for me". I came back into the game.

Brees tossed 363 yards on his historic night taking him to 72,103 yards, as the Saints won 43-19 over the Redskins. He ran for a short touchdown late in the first half that pulled Washington within 26-13. Norman returned later on. But Brees also would have to outpace New England's Tom Brady, who has 500 TD passes, the only active player with more than Brees in that category. He had been off to a respectable start this year with more than 50 receiving yards in the last two games, but his production has decline notable in the last two weeks as his knee issues had limited his ability on the field. Myself included in that. I'm going to still be the same as I am today, Sunday night, Sunday morning, Saturday, I don't give a damn when we play. "Hats off to them".

Week 5 of the 2018 National Football League regular season is set to get underway in a couple of minutes.

The 39-year-old passer, in his 18th National Football League campaign, needed 201 yards coming into the feature contest and reached 228 yards with a touchdown throw to Tre'Quan Smith down the right sideline as cheering supporters roared in the Superdome.

Washington didn't have the same rushing attack as it did in its two wins. Gruden also said running back Adrian Peterson has a shoulder strain and will have an MRI.

Brees becomes NFL's all-time passing leader