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Brees in the books

Yesterday, on Monday night, history was made. Drew Brees, the Super Bowl-winning future Hall of Famer for the New Orleans Saints, added on to his legacy when he became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards. He passed fellow future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. To make the already special night even better, the Saints easily beat the Washington Redskins by a score of 43-19.

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Coming into the game, Brees needed 201 yards to eclipse Manning’s mark of 71,940 yards. He eclipsed that in the first half. Brees broke the record on a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith on one of the last drives of the first half. What better way to break the record than with a long touchdown pass. Brees was taken out of the game at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, to a loud ovation from the home fans. Brees was clearly emotional, and his emotion and love for his family, team, and city clearly came out in the post-game interviews. Brees ended the day going 26-29 for 363 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He has not thrown a single interception yet this season. Brees played an excellent game on Monday, arguably his best game of the season.

The same cannot be said for Alex Smith. Smith struggled in last night’s game, going 23-39 for 275 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. Unlike Brees, this was Smith’s worst game of the season easily. While the Redskins’ had a balanced passing attack, with five players with at least 35 receiving yards, the rushing attack did not produce and only managed a mere 39 yards total on the day. This is disappointing for them, considering Adrian Peterson had a dominate game two weeks ago against the Packers.

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The Redskins were able to hang around in the first half, only down 13. However, the Saints scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter, which took any hope that the Redskins had of climbing back into the game away. While the Saints will be happy to see Brees break the record, especially at home, they will also be pleased knowing they are currently 4-1 and atop the NFC South heading into their bye week. The Redskins, falling to 2-2, are actually still atop the NFC East. But not by much, and they must improve upon this game if they want to hold onto that top spot.

UP NEXT: Redskins: Host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday Saints: Begin their bye week before returning to action at Baltimore on October 21st

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