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Drew Brees breaks NFL record for career passing touchdowns

On Monday, Drew Brees set himself apart from all other passers in NFL history. But the New Orleans Saints quarterback’s singular standing might not be safe for long.

Brees broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes by an NFL player by throwing his third scoring strike of the night, and 540th overall, in a 34-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He eclipsed the mark previously held by former Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who retired after the 2015 season with 539 passing touchdowns.

The 19th-year veteran also set the NFL’s single-game completion percentage record (minimum 20 attempts) with a 29-of-30 passing performance that included 307 yards and four touchdowns.

“It was special, everything about the night,” Brees said in a postgame news conference. “I don’t know how they pick ’em, right? ‘Monday Night Football,’ playing the Colts, the team we won the Super Bowl against 10 years ago, so the whole Super Bowl XLIV team is back for the 10th anniversary, and obviously national television, big game. And now, that record in the balance as well.