Brees sets mark, Saints beat Chargers 31-24

10/8/2012
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a touchdown pass for his 48th consecutive game, breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record which stood for over 50 years.

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a touchdown pass for his 48th consecutive game, breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record which stood for over 50 years.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a touchdown pass for his 48th consecutive game, breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record which stood for over 50 years.

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees broke a half-century-old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the New Orleans Saints won for the first time this season, 31-24 over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

Brees' 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60.

Brees' also had three scoring strikes to Marques Colston, giving him a franchise-record 52 touchdown catches with the Saints (1-4).

At Brees' request, the NFL allowed head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis — all serving various suspensions in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation — to attend the game. They and Johnny Unitas son, Joe, saw Brees pass for 370 yards.

Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (3-2), but had an interception and fumble in the final quarter.