The Washington Redskins left New Orleans not only mentally battered but physically bruised following the blowout loss to the Saints. After throwing for 217 yards against the Giants last week, Brees sits at 71,740 yards in his career, third all-time behind Brett Favre and Manning.
Brees previously set an National Football League record for most career completions in Week 3, surpassing Favre's mark of 6,300 as he connected with wide receiver Michael Thomas on a 17-yard pass against the Falcons. The Los Angeles Rams (5-0) are the only NFC team with a better record than the Saints.
After the record was snapped, the party was on in New Orleans: The game was stopped as Saints players celebrated with Brees at midfield and his family came on the field.
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Brees completed 26 of 29 passes and threw three touchdown passes, giving him 499 for his career. He did not have a single carry in the second half, and finished with six rushing yards on four carries and 36 yards on two receptions.
The Saints defense lost star cornerback Marshon Lattimore to a possible concussion in the first half but forced two Washington turnovers, an interception by Alex Smith that reserve defensive back Justin Hardee almost returned for a touchdown and a Smith fumble that linebacker A.J. Klein recovered.
The 39-year-old passer, in his 18th National Football League campaign, needed 201 yards coming into the feature contest and reached 228 yards with a touchdown throw to Tre'Quan Smith down the right sideline as cheering supporters roared in the Superdome.