Saints quarterback Drew Brees started Monday night just 201 yards away from being the National Football League all-time passing yards leader. Brees also hit Smith for a 35-yard score down the right sideline early in the third quarter.
The Redskins (2-2) scored 13 points in the first half on field goals of 37 and 53 yards by Dustin Hopkins and a 4-yard run by Alex Smith after Washington recovered a Cameron Meredith fumble late in the first half.
Of course, the record shouldn't distract the Saints from the task at hand. 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.
Peterson carried four times for six yards and caught two passes for 36 yards in Monday's defeat.
Peterson was injured the first half, and only appeared in two plays in the second.
Brees now has 72,103 yards for his career and owns one of the NFL's prestige passing records to go along with having completed more passes than any player in history.
The 39-year-old passer, in his 18th National Football League campaign, needed 201 yards coming into the feature contest and reached 228 yards with a touchdown throw to Tre'Quan Smith down the right sideline as cheering supporters roared in the Superdome.