Saints’ Brees Sets NFL Mark With Touchdown in 48th Straight Game

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, breaking a National Football League record he shared with Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas.

Brees threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Devery Henderson with 3:05 left in the first quarter of tonight’s game against the San Diego Chargers at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The NFL earlier this week granted a request from Brees that suspended Saints coach Sean Payton, interim coach Joe Vitt and General Manager Mickey Loomis be permitted to attend tonight’s game away from the team. Payton, Vitt and Loomis, all of whom were banned for their roles in the team’s bounty case, are in attendance and Payton was shown on television applauding Brees’s record-setting touchdown pass.

Unitas threw touchdown passes in 47 consecutive games from Dec. 9, 1956, through Dec. 4, 1960, for the Baltimore Colts. Unitas, who died in 2002 at the age of 69, held sole possession of the record for 19,663 days before Brees tied him last week with three touchdown passes against the Green Bay Packers.

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