Drew Brees Sets NFL Record For Most Passing Touchdowns All-Time
December 18, 2019
Drew Brees is in the NFL record book. At least for the time being. On Monday night in prime time, Brees broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a career with 541 as the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 34-7. He broke the record previously set by Peyton Manning, who had 539 touchdown passes with the Colts and Denver Broncos from 1998 to 2015.
The reason why Brees has the record, for the time being, is because there is another NFL star quarterback breathing down Brees’s neck. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is at 538 touchdown passes, and these two legendary quarterbacks have the potential to claim the number one spot on the all-time list a few times each before they decide to hang up the cleats.
Brees had his record-breaking 540th touchdown pass to tight end Josh Hill at 7:52 of the third quarter to put the Saints up 27-0. Josh Hill cannot be confused with the Saints multi-talented star Taysom Hill, who also caught a touchdown pass from Brees in the third quarter.
The record for most touchdown passes all-time was not the only record Brees broke on Monday. He also broke the NFL record for the highest completion percentage in one game. Brees completed 29 of his 30 pass attempts for a remarkable completion percentage of 96.7%. Brees broke the record previously set by Philip Rivers. On November 25, 2018, Rivers completed 28 of his 29 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 96.6% in a 45-10 Los Angeles Chargers romp over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Saints are in a four-way tie for the best record in the NFC at 11 wins and three losses. They are also tied with the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.