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Brees tops Manning as Saints rout Redskins

AP, NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, right, throws a pass against the Washington Redskins in their NFL game in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday.

Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA Today

Before Drew Brees could blow kisses to the adoring Superdome crowd, before he could embrace his wife and children on the sideline, the Saints’ 39-year-old quarterback had to shred one of the NFL’s top pass defenses with ruthless efficiency.

And so he did.

Brees on Monday passed Peyton Manning to become the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing with a 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre’Quan Smith that sent New Orleans on their way to a lopsided 43-19 victory over the mistake-prone Washington Redskins.

“It’s hard for me to reflect too much right now just because my career’s not done. There are still goals to be accomplished. There are still challenges to be met and so I’m still very focused on that,” Brees said. “And yet, when something like this happens, there are so many people who are responsible for that, that are a part of that, that makes me happy. It makes me proud and it makes me extremely grateful — extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game, to play it as long as I’ve played it, to have wound up here in New Orleans. It’s just been an unbelievable journey.”

Brees entered the game needing 201 yards to eclipse Peyton Manning’s previous mark of 71,940 yards.

He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime, and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

He has yet to throw an interception this season. However, he did make his eighth career reception on his own deflected pass and pushed across the line of scrimmage to add an extra yard to his career total.

“He throws for 5,000 yards just like he’s sleeping at night and it’s crazy to see that,” Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “He’s at the top of them all right now — and he’s not done yet.”

The Saints’ Smith, a third-round draft choice last spring, caught two touchdown passes from the 18th-year professional.

Brees also hit Smith for a 35-yard score down the right sideline early in the third quarter.

Any hope Washington had of coming back was all but snuffed out when Justin Hardee, a special teams regular who was in the game because of Marshon Lattimore’s concussion symptoms, snagged Alex Smith’s underthrown pass at the Saints’ 19-yard line and returned his first career interception to the Washington four.

That set up change-of-pace quarterback Taysom Hill’s one-yard touchdown run that put the Saints (4-1) up 40-13.

Alex Smith completed 23 of 39 passes for 275 yards for the Redskins (2-2).

He ran for a short touchdown late in the first half that pulled Washington within 26-13.

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