Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas' touchdowns record

Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to Devery Henderson in the first quarter of the Saints game against the San Diego Chargers, passing Johnny Unitas with his 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass.

Drew Brees found Devery Henderson down the right side, and before Henderson even sniffed the goal line, there was little doubt that history was going to be made on that very play. Henderson crossed the plane for a 40-yard score, giving Brees a touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games, passing NFL legend Johnny Unitas for the most all time.

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Unitas did his in a different era — one in which a lot fewer touchdown passes were being thrown — but Brees' accomplishment is no less staggering. It takes remarkable durability, consistency and proficiency, three things in which Brees has excelled since making a once-doubtful return to form when he was unceremoniously dumped from the Chargers, the team against which he broke the record, and picked up by the Saints.

Since his rejection — and he would be the first to tell you that's exactly how it felt after a gruesome shoulder injury nearly ended his career — he has been masterful and led the Saints from dysfunction to a Super Bowl ring. The Chargers haven't even made the Super Bowl under the quarterback Brees was replaced with, Philip Rivers.

Though the Saints are 0-4 this year, that has been through no fault of Brees, and this is a record that, if not unbreakable, will be damn hard to match anytime soon.

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