New Orleans defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night for their first victory of the season. In the win, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees set a new record and spoke after the game of trying to salvage the season that looks tough to do with a 1-4 record.
Brees said he understands how difficult of a challenge it is for the team to turn their season around, but stressed the team has the right type of players to do it. In the win, Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ 52-year old record of throwing at least one touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games. He threw three touchdown passes on the night to help the Saints to victory 31-24.
The record came on a 40-yard pass to wide receiver Devery Henderson. Unitas, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, set the record for 47 straight games between 1956 to 1960.
Brees, prior to the game, had requested that the NFL let his head coach Sean Payton, his assistant coach Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis his general managers attend the game. All are suspended for their roles in the bounty scandal. The three of them and Joe Unitas, the son of Johnny Unitas watched Brees total 370 yards through the air.
Following the game, Brees went up to visit the three in the VIP suite at the Superdome. Brees said it was fantastic to see his coach.
Philip Rivers the Chargers’ quarterback had 354 yards passing and 2 touchdowns on the night. Two turnovers by Rivers early in the final quarter hurt the team’s chances in the game.