Drew Brees broke the all-time NFL passing record with a gorgeous touchdown

  • Drew Brees needed 201 yards during "Monday Night Football" to pass Peyton Manning's all-time passing yardage record.
  • Brees broke the record before halftime.
  • History was made on a gorgeous 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith.
  • After the touchdown, Brees celebrated with his teammates and family.

Drew Brees is now the NFL's all-time leading passer, breaking Peyton Manning's record for career passing yards with a gorgeous 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback entered the "Monday Night Football" contest against the Washington Redskins needing 201 yards to pass both Manning and Brett Favre, who was second on the list. Brees needed less than one half to surpass Manning's mark of 71,940 career yards.

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Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with teammates after setting the NFL record for passing yardage during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with his family after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time NFL passing yards record during the game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker holds the ball thrown by Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints to take the all time yardage record at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) acknowledges the crowd after setting the all-time NFL passing yardage mark against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker holds the ball thrown by Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints to take the all time yardage record at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is introduced prior to playing the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to throw in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) signs a jersey for a fan before a game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws the ball during the first half against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts with Terron Armstead #72 of the New Orleans Saints after breaking Peyton Manning's record for All-Time Passing Yards during a game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo By Sean Gardner)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with his family after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time NFL passing yards record during the game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints receives the ball from Referee Charl Cheffers after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time passing yards record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The moment came on the first play of a drive. Brees needed 35 yards when he pump-faked and hit a wide-open Smith down the right sideline.

After the play, the game was stopped and Brees celebrated the moment with his teammates and his family on the sideline.

The NFL tweeted out a graphic celebrating the moment.

Brees was mic'd up during the game for ESPN. Here is what breaking the record sounded like.

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