Drew Brees Breaks Peyton Manning's Touchdown Record

Brees set multiple records in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday Night Football

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 17, 2019 - 7:52 am
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Drew Brees made NFL history Monday night, throwing his 540th career touchdown pass to eclispe Peyton Manning’s mark of 539. Brees found tight end Josh Hill from five yards out midway through the third quarter to etch his name atop the record books.

The short toss sent Saints fans into a frenzy.

“Saints fans love their football team, and with Drew Brees, they’re just happy to share the moment again,” SI Saints reporter John Hendrix said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “This has happened several times over this tenure between Sean Payton and Drew Brees. Dan Marino’s single-season record in passing yards was set there, you got Johnny Unitas’ record that got broken, there was another one last year with the Redskins game – it was a special moment. The crowd’s into it for for quarters of football. It is something absolutely insane to see. The atmosphere is electric – playoff-like every single time.”

Brees finished 29-of-30 for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the 34-7 win over the Colts. His 96.7 percent completion percentage was also an NFL record.

After achieving the touchdown milestone, Brees savored the moment, thanking fans, blowing kisses to his family and, yes, embracing his head coach.

“Sean Payton had reached his hand out and tried to give him a handshake, and Drew Brees hugged him,” Hendrix said. “That’s just Drew Brees in a nutshell. They’ve done this thing since 2006, and there’s a lot of love there for both of those guys. They’re great friends. They’re very thankful of each other.”

The Saints (11-3), currently the 3-seed in the NFC, play their final two games of the season on the road against the Titans (8-6) and Panthers (5-9). Sunday’s kickoff against Tennessee is slated for 1 p.m. ET.