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Author: Jon Kuzma
To do it in his own stadium had to be a special feeling. Most Saints fans knew Drew Brees was getting close to becoming the NFL’s all time passing leader and Brees achieved that feat at the Superdome right in front of his home crowd. It was a special moment not only for Brees but also for the entire city of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina the state of Louisiana was defeated and desperate for a hero. Drew Brees grabbed the torch for the Big Easy and never once looked back. The future Hall of Famer won a Super Bowl for the Saints fan base in 2010 and achieved a ton of other milestones along the way. However last night was really special because it solidifies Brees as the most decorated passer in NFL history. No other quarterback has thrown for 5,000 yards in a season more than one time. Drew Brees made 5,000 yards look easy he hit that mark five times during his career. Those performances allowed Brees to pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for perhaps the most impressive individual accomplishment in pro football. To be able to share that moment with a city Brees has been so loyal too is something that will go down as one of the greatest moments in all of sports. The game itself also went the Saints way. They steamrolled the Redskins in a 43-19 victory. Mark Ingram returned from a suspension and ran for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tre’Quan Smith had big night as well he hauled in 111 yards and 2 TD catches. Alex Smith struggled for Washington throwing for 275 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Smith did score on a rushing touchdown but outside of that there wasn’t a lot of happening for the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan was the top defender for the losing team. Kerrigan had 3 tackles and 1 sack. Da’Ron Payne was the other standout for Jay Gruden’s defense. Payne finished the night with 4 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Justin Hardee had a great game for New Orleans. Hardee recorded 4 tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 interception. Cameron Jordan also put up 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 TFLs. Brees didn’t do too bad either. After breaking the passing record he threw for 363 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. At this rate the 39 year old signal caller could play for another five years.
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Drew Brees caps off a historic night by becoming the most decorated passer of all time. No one in NFL history has more passing yards than Brees.