New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time passing leader on Monday night, eclipsing Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 career passing yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith. In addition to becoming the NFL’s all-time passing leader, Brees’ three TD passes last night puts him just one shy of 500 for his career. The only other QBs to reach that milestone are Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

 

Brees has been a highly efficient and durable quarterback since he first entered the league in 2001. Not only is he one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, but he’s only missed one game due to injury. That recipe for success means Brees already has some gaudy records attached to his Hall of Fame career.

Something else happened on Monday night, amid all the hoopla over Brees becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards. The New Orleans Saints looked like they might have shaken off whatever was holding them back in September and appeared to become true Super Bowl contenders, just like they were last season. They blasted the Washington Redskins 43-19.

The only thing holding back Brees from being called a top 5 quarterback in league history is his lack of championship rings, all of which could change this season.