Drew Brees Dethrones Peyton Manning as King of Touchdown Passes
Brees threw 4 landing passes on Monday to surpass Manning’s profession report with the aid of two. In a Saints rout of the Colts, Brees additionally broke the N.F.L.’s single-game file for crowning glory percentage.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees after his 540th career touchdown pass gave him the record.Credit…Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Drew Brees, once taken into consideration too short to be an elite expert quarterback, surpassed Peyton Manning for the most profession landing passes in N.F.L. history as he led the New Orleans Saints to a rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.
Brees threw 4 touchdown passes to reach 541 in his profession, two greater than Manning threw before retiring after the 2015 season.
The report-setter became a 5-yard pass from Brees to Josh Hill midway through the third region of a 34-7 Saints victory over Manning’s original group, the Colts.
New England’s Tom Brady, who has 538 profession touchdowns and six Super Bowl rings, tweeted his congratulations to Brees and said he appeared ahead to seeking to eclipse his report.
Brees, 40, has been putting up gaudy information after missing 5 video games early in the season due to a thumb harm that required surgery.
He entered Monday night time’s recreation already proudly owning the document for most profession passing yards, which he wrested from Manning closing season, also on a Monday night time.
Selected in the 2d round of the 2001 N.F.L. Draft via the San Diego Chargers out of Purdue University, the 6-foot Brees confronted questions from scouts about his ability to peer receivers and to select up blitzes within the pocket. (Manning is five inches taller, and Brady four.)
But Brees earned the beginning job by using his second season with San Diego and become decided on to the Pro Bowl in 2004. A torn rotator cuff and labrum cast doubt on his future, however, as did the presence of Philip Rivers, whom the Chargers had acquired in a 2004 draft-day exchange that despatched Eli Manning to the Giants. In 2006, Brees signed with the Saints as a unfastened agent.
Brees and Peyton Manning, a New Orleans native, were related in numerous ways. The Saints’ lone Super Bowl win came 10 years ago, while Brees’s team defeated Manning’s Colts within the title sport.
Brees additionally set a single-sport of entirety percentage (in a sport with not less than 20 attempts) on Monday night with a 96.7 percent performance, in line with the Saints. He finished 29 of his 30 passes for 307 yards. At one point, Brees completed 22 consecutive passes. The N.F.L. file is 25.
The Saints are tied with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers for the exceptional report within the N.F.C. At 11-3.