QB Drew Brees has broken one of the NFL's longest standing records, topping the mark set by Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas in 1960.
Brees set the new mark for the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. With a first quarter touchdown strike to a wide open Devery Henderson, Brees now has 48 straight games with a touchdown pass.
The last game that did not see Brees thrown a touchdown pass was on October 4, 2009, in a 24-10 Saints win over the Jets in the Louisiana Superdome. Brees then kickstarted the streak two weeks later after a bye with a four-touchdown performance at home against the Giants.
Unitas' son, Joe Unitas, was in the crowd for the game, and had earlier this week written to Brees encouraging him to break the record.
There was a short delay as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Brees hit Henderson wide open on a hitch-and-go route. The PA announced that Brees had broken the record and he celebrated with the ball and multiple teammates on this way back to the sideline. The ball, sporting a pink ribbon in support of breast cancer research, was immediately by the Saints' equipment staff.
The momentous occasion was the reason that the NFL allowed suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton to attend the game, and will be allowed to meet with Brees after the game.
Henderson was wide open after Chargers CB Quentin Jammer bit on the hitch outside and had his hips turned as Henderson sped upfield. Brees' throw hit Henderson in stride to tie the game at 7-7 from 40 yards out.