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During the second quarter of the Saints' game against the Redskins, Brees connected with Tre'Quan Smith on a 62-yard touchdown pass to claim the record.

"Drew, for 1,000 days I've held the record for all time passing yards in the NFL". And I gotta tell you, it's been the greatest 1,000 days of my life.

"I love you guys so much", Brees said while hugging his three boys as Brittany held their daughter nearby.

"Thanks to you, that's over now", Manning continued as the laughter erupted in the stands. He had a breakout campaign in 2004, but by then the Chargers had drafted Philip Rivers with the fourth overall pick, and in the final game of the 2005 season, Brees suffered a major shoulder injury.

Brees came into Monday already in possession of several other National Football League career passing records, including most completions (6,344), highest completion percentage (67.1), most passing yards per game (283.6), most consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons (12), most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54) and most consecutive games with at least 20 completions (57).

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Manning taped a message to Brees, which was shown in the stadium when he broke the record.

Highlights of the New Orleans Saints' clash with the Washington Redskins in week five of the NFL. "It doesn't feel like it's been 13 years". Brees surpassed Hall-of-Famer Johnny Unitas' streak of 47 straight - which had stood since 1960.

Naturally, plenty of sports figures took to social media to congratulate Brees on Monday night.

Brees also was the final Saints player to run onto the field during pre-game introductions as fans belted out elongated howls of "Dreeeeeeew".