Brees threw 4 touchdown passes on Monday to surpass Manning’s career record by two. In a Saints rout of the Colts, Brees also broke the N.F.L.’s single-game record for completion percentage.
Drew Brees, once considered too quick to be an elite professional quarterback, surpassed Peyton Manning for essentially the most career touchdown passes in N.F.L. history as he led the New Orleans Saints to a rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night time.
Brees threw 4 touchdown passes to reach 541 in his career, two more than Manning threw before retiring after the 2015 season.
— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2019
The record-setter was a 5-yard pass from Brees to Josh Hill midway through the third quarter of a 34-7 Saints victory over Manning’s original team, the Colts.
New England’s Tom Brady, who has 538 career touchdowns and 6 Super Bowl rings, tweeted his congratulations to Brees and stated he looked forward to attempting to eclipse his record.
Brees, 40, has been putting up gaudy statistics after missing 5 games early in the season due to a thumb injury that required surgical procedure.
He entered Monday night’s game already owning the record for most career passing yards, which he wrested from Manning last season, also on a Monday night time.
Selected in the second round of the 2001 N.F.L. draft by the San Diego Chargers out of Purdue University, the 6-foot Brees faced questions from scouts about his capability to see receivers and to pick up blitzes inside the pocket. (Manning is 5 inches taller, and Brady 4.)