Drew Brees cements status as all-time NFL great

NEW ORLEANS — The electric crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome seemed to keep track of every pass Saints quarterback Drew Brees attempted in the early stages of Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, cheering loudly on every completion.

Then at the 2:46 mark of the second quarter and needing 35 yards through the air, Brees connected with rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass, setting off an ear-piercing detonation of ovation, which perfectly captured a historic moment.

Brees, one of The Big Easy’s beloved figures, now stands alone as the NFL’s most prolific passer after moving ahead of Peyton Manning to become the league’s all-time career passing leader.

“I don’t think it could’ve happened in any better fashion than it did,” Brees said after the game. “To have in that moment with my teammates on the field, the offensive line, I mean, it played out even greater than I could’ve imagined.

“I tried to rehearse this scenario in my mind this week just so I could really focus on the game, but to have that moment with Sean [Payton] and

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