Last season, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 5,476 yards in a single season, eclipsing the long standing single season passing yardage record held by Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino. Last evening, Brees broke another long standing record, this one held by former Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas.
Brees has now thrown at least one touchdown in 48 straight games. Unitas’ record was 47 games. Brees’ record was set with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. He hit a wide open Devery Henderson for a 40 yard strike. Brees also recorded the 17th time in his career that he threw four or more touchdowns in a game. The last game that Brees has played in without a touchdown pass was played on October 4, 2009, a victory over the New York Jets.
In attendance for the record setting performance were Bress’ head coach Sean Payton, interim head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis. All three were granted permission to attend the game by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at Brees’ request.
Hot on the heels of Brees for the consecutive game touchdown streak is New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Brady’s current streak sits at 36 straight games.