Brees sets new TD-streak record

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws the ball during the first half of their NFL...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws the ball during the first half of their NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in New Orleans, Louisiana October 7, 2012. (REUTERS)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

It didn’t take Drew Brees long Sunday night to break Johnny Unitas’ long-standing record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (48).

With 3:05 remaining in the first quarter against the visiting San Diego Chargers, Brees hooked up with Devery Henderson for 40 yards and the history-making score.

Brees had tied the record last week in Green Bay.

The NFL allowed the three key Saints officials currently suspended for their roles in the bounty scandal – head coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt – to watch the game from private boxes. It’s a one-game exception, honouring Brees’ request.

Unitas son, Joe, was on hand as well. Unitas died in 2002.

“Congrats to @drewbrees & his teammates on breaking Unitas’ record,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted. “Amazing accomplishment by great QB & leader. We’re proud of you, Drew@.”

Unitas set the record with the Baltimore Colts from 1956-60.

Brees threw another touchdown before halftime.

 


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