Brees will go down as one of the best quarterbacks EVER to play the game.
The record-snapping play came off of a 62-yard touchdown reception for Tre'Quan Smith, with the rookie breaking free against Washington's coverage to catch the ball and race down the sideline. Brees removed his helmet and hugged his wife, Brittany, and four children on the sideline. 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.
Brees came into Monday already in possession of several other National Football League career passing records, including most completions (6,344), highest completion percentage (67.1), most passing yards per game (283.6), most consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons (12), most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54) and most consecutive games with at least 20 completions (57).
Brees entered the game third all-time in passing yards with 71,740 before passing No. 2 Brett Favre (71,838).
And, the previous record holder Peyton Manning sent him congratulations. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
"I knew we were within striking distance" of the record, Brees said.
This record is just the latest entry in Brees' Hall of Fame-bound career. "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".
Of the passing-yardage record, Manning said at the time, "He deserves it".
The touchdown pass gave the Saints a 26-6 lead as they sought to move into first place in the NFC South division.
Brees and Smith also combined on a 35-yard touchdown pass and Taysom Hill ran one yard for touchdowns in the third quarter while Will Lutz added a 44-yard field goal for a 43-13 New Orleans lead early in the fourth quarter.