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By Natalie Clydesdale 10/10/2018

He is now the most prolific passer in NFL history. Drew Brees broke the record for passing yards in Monday night’s blowout win over the Washington Redskins.

Brees threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith in the second quarter of a 43-19 victory, moving ahead of Peyton Manning on the all-time list. Brees now has 72,103 total passing yards.

the 39-year-old entered the game needing 201 yards for the record. Not only did he break the record but, the Saints QB also put on one of the best performances of his 18-year career. Brees completed 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards, threw three touchdowns and no interceptions. His completion percentage of 89.7 was his career best.

In a victory over Atlanta during week three of this season, Brees broke Brett Favre’s career record of 6,300 completions. He already holds the single-season record for the best completion rate at 72 percent.

Brees still needs 41 touchdown passes to surpass Manning’s record of 539. If he maintains his current level of play, this is something that is possible for him to achieve next season. However, Brees would have to outpace New England’s 41-year-old quarterback, Tom Brady, who currently has 500 TD passes.