Drew Brees: It played out better than imagined

Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning’s NFL record for passing yards

Drew Brees knocked Peyton Manning into second place on the NFL's all-time passing leaderboard.

Brees exited the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.

After the record-breaking hook-up, officials stopped the game and the game ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials on the sideline as the home Superdome crowd offered a standing ovation to their hero. Brees hugged coach Sean Payton and his family on the sidelines.

Manning taped a message to Brees, which was shown in the stadium when he broke the record.

Click on the video above to watch the moment Brees became the NFL's all-time leading passer with a 62-yard TD strike.




And, the previous record holder Peyton Manning sent him congratulations.

"It's hard. There are just so many people that had a hand in it, that can share in it", Brees said.

Brees came into Week 5 not only leading the NFL in completion percentage, but with a mark higher than the 72.0 he posted a year ago, which set a single-season league record. He finished the game completing 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. "I think touchdowns probably has a little more meaning to a quarterback, because it means that you got six points, and it means you were doing something good for your team".

The 39-year-old passer, in his 18th National Football League campaign, now has 499 career touchdown passes, one shy of joining a select 500-touchdown National Football League club whose only members are Manning, Favre and New England's Tom Brady, who reached the milestone last Thursday. 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.

"He deserves it. It's been an unbelievable run", Payton said.

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