There's a new all-time passing touchdowns leader in the NFL.
On Monday night, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw his 540th career regular-season touchdown pass in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts to break the record of 539 previously set by Peyton Manning. Just over six minutes later, Brees threw No. 541, just for good measure.
While Manning's number will remain the same barring an unlikely unretirement, there is another active quarterback right on Brees's tail: Tom Brady.
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The New England Patriots quarterback currently trails both Manning and Brees on the all-time list with 538 touchdown passes. With two weeks remaining in the season, it's likely that Brady will at least reach Manning's mark of 539 by the end of the year — and on Monday night, he let Brees know that he was in his crosshairs.
"Your records will be tough to beat!" Brady tweeted, then saying it was "worth trying" with a winking face emoji.
Congrats drew!! Couldn’t be more deserving. Passing Peyton in anything is an incredible achievement and your records will be tough to beat! But it’s worth trying 😉— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) December 17, 2019
To his credit, Brady does have a passing touchdowns record of his own. His 611 touchdown passes including the postseason are the most in league history, ahead of Manning's 579 and Brees's 570.