The loss leaves the NFC East wide open while New Orleans' victory pushed it past Carolina for the top spot in the NFC South.
With a raucous crowd of 73,028 fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome cheering him on, Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time passing mark with a 62-yard touchdown strike to rookie receiver Tre'Quan Smith. "So to be sitting here 18 years later in striking distance (of the record).it's just kind of mind-boggling". Instead, they helped Brees pile up first-half yards with third-down penalties that extended two touchdown drives. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
The Redskins came in allowing fewer than 190 yards passing per game and spoke of doing what they could to prevent Brees from making history. Brees is no stranger to the record books, but this may be his most prestigious accomplishment yet.
Ingram was due back on the field when Brees was predicted to break Manning's record, leaving many to wonder if Ingram's return would be overshadowed.
Ingram was suspended for four games after violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Saints (4-1) now have won four consecutive games and get a week of rest before they head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.
But when Washington took the field, the defensive unit lacked the necessary discipline needed to stop Brees and company. Five years after his career ends, Brees will be able to visit that football and other items from his sure-to-be Hall of fame career.