The Saints defense lost star cornerback Marshon Lattimore to a possible concussion in the first half but forced two Washington turnovers, an interception by Alex Smith that reserve defensive back Justin Hardee almost returned for a touchdown and a Smith fumble that linebacker A.J. Klein recovered.
In a 43-19 victory over the visiting Washington Redskins, Brees threw for 363 yards to surpass Peyton Manning as the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader, giving him 72,103 yards in 254 games over 18 seasons.
After the record was snapped, the party was on in New Orleans: The game was stopped as Saints players celebrated with Brees at midfield and his family came on the field.
"I just popped it back in and braced it up at halftime", said Peterson, via the Washington Times. It was just a situation where it was sore.
Peterson added he hurt his shoulder getting hit while running a flat route.
On a more serious note, Manning said Brees broke the record "the right way".
The Redskins opted to use third-down back Chris Thompson and Kapri Bibbs in Peterson's role as the first- and second-down back. "I got back in there". It was running back Mark Ingram's first game after serving a four-game suspension and he powered his way to two first-half touchdowns and had a Pierre Thomas-esque screen pass go for 27 yards. Possibly. No one, including Peterson, will know for sure what the damage is until he has an MRI, which is set for Tuesday.
Manning, a New Orleans native whose father, Archie, starred for the Saints, could not attend the game because of a scheduling conflict.
"It's a blessing both plays wasn't anything that put me on IR", Peterson said.