He actually began the evening third on the all-time list and passed Brett Favre (71,838 yards) on Monday, as well. He set the mark on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith.
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.More news: Dana White Just Shared Some Major Conor McGregor News
New Orleans defeated the Washington Redskins 43-19.
Brees exited the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
Brees entered the game needing 201 yards for the record. Brees needs 42 touchdown passes to pass Manning in that category. He has 499 career touchdown passes.More news: Google Shutters Google+ Following Privacy Vulnerability
The Saints took a chance on Brees in 2006, and the payoff has been extraordinary. You've got to love the guy taking the news of his record being topped in stride.
Anticipating that Brees might break the record against his team, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden told the Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir before the game, "It's a great accomplishment, man". He led the Saints to a Super Bowl win over Manning and the Colts in 2009.
Brees also was the final Saints player to run onto the field during pre-game introductions as fans belted out elongated howls of "Dreeeeeeew".More news: Jose Mourinho could still be sacked by Manchester United