Records are made to be broken.
No one knows that better than New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Since joining the Saints for the 2006 season, Brees has led the team to a Super Bowl championship and rewrote the team’s record book for passing.
Along the way, Brees also has etched his name in the NFL’s record book. Last season, he set NFL records for most passing yards in a season (5,476), highest single-season completion percentage (71.2 percent) and most seasons with 5,000 yards passing (two — 2008 and 2011).
During a recent 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers, Brees added another NFL record to his impressive list of accomplishments.
With 2:58 left in the first quarter, Brees tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devery Henderson, and it may become one of the memorable plays of his 12-year career.
It was the 48th straight game that Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass, breaking Johnny Unitas’ record that stood for 52 years. Unitas, a Hall of Famer with the Baltimore Colts, originally set the record from the 1956-60 seasons.
Brees started the march to Unitas’ record on Oct. 18, 2009, against the New York Giants with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey. Forty-seven games and 113 touchdown passes later, Brees owns an NFL record that many thought was unbreakable.
Brees’ record-breaking performance may have been the emotional boost the Saints needed to get their first win of the season. After opening the 2012 season with four tough losses, Brees and the Saints had one of their best performances of the season against the Chargers. Brees was sharp, throwing for 370 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense made the necessary plays at the end of the game to preserve the win.
For Brees, breaking the record was special because he did it in front of the home fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It was extra special because he broke the record against the team that let him go after he suffered a devastating shoulder injury following the 2005 season. ...
The Saints may have taken their first steps to turning things around, and Brees may have been the catalyst with a record-breaking performance.
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