Brees came into the contest only needing 201 yards, but he easily passed the totals and dethroned Manning after launching a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith late in the second quarter.
After the record-setting play, the Saints' official Twitter page shared a hilarious response from Manning himself. It started with The Sheriff saying he held the passing yards record for one thousand days, and that they were "the greatest a thousand days" of his life.
Manning then jokingly accused Brees of ruining that for him, saying he has "nothing left to look forward to." After that, Manning turned to a serious tone and congratulated Brees, saying he did it "the right way," and offered him good look "the rest of the way."
PSA: message from Peyton Manning pic.twitter.com/DcZ8eTfXw8— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 9, 2018
Brees sits at 499 career touchdown passes and sits just 40 shy of tying Manning's record (539), which was set four years ago. Given the torrid pace he's been playing at in his late 30s, nobody should doubt Brees' ability to eventually break the passing touchdowns record as well.
Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has been nothing but consistent. He's had over 4,000 passing yards every season since 2006 and has tossed 5,000 yards five times. Brees also threw 30-plus touchdowns every year from 2008 to 2016, establishing himself as one of the NFL's all time greats.
Manning missed the entire 2011 season with neck problems, and a foot injury forced him to miss six full games in 2015. That obviously took away some major opportunities to add up on his career passing yards and touchdown numbers. But with the way he's been playing at his age (39), Brees was going to break them at some point. It happened to be in Week 5 of the 2018 season.
The Saints now sit at 4-1, and Brees is just one touchdown away from No. 500 for his career. Following a crushing loss to the Minnesota Vikings in last year's NFC Divisional Round, the Saints have rebounded just fine in 2018. Brees is atop the NFL world, and the Saints have all the makings to be a Super Bowl contender this season.