Saints Catch Fire in Brees' Magic Night

The Saints put the Redskins in the rearview mirror in a heartbeat on Monday with a 43-19 win, but the night was all about Drew Brees. The New Orleans quarterback needed 201 yards to pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, and he did it in the first half.
 
Shootin’ the Brees
With less than three minutes to play in the first half, Brees needed 39 yards to pass Manning, and he tossed a 62-yard touchdown to Tre’Quon Smith to break the record. What better way to ink your name in the record books than a big play bomb at home in prime time. As planned, the NFL paused the game and acknowledged Brees’ accomplishment.
 
Not Done Yet
With a 26-6 halftime lead, you thought the Saints would’ve let up. They didn’t. Brees threw another touchdown in the second half, recording three in the game and bringing his TD total to 499 – almost had No. 500 in the same game.

When it was all said and done, the 39-year-old QB completed 26-of-29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns -- a passer rating of 153.2. 
 
NFC Update
New Orleans: The Saints move to 4-1 on the year and have the second-best record in the NFC behind the undefeated Rams.
Washington: The Redskins fall to 2-2 but still (somehow) have the best record in the NFC East.

NFLJeff Yoder