NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Drew Brees got suspended coach Sean Payton in the building, broke a prestigious NFL passing record and led New Orleans to a desperately needed first win of the season.
For one memorable night, at least, the entire beleaguered Saints organization and its frustrated fans could celebrate a special moment in football history and recapture that winning feeling that had become commonplace before an offseason overshadowed by the NFL’s bounty investigation.
Brees broke Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’ half-century-old record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the Saints defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-24 on Sunday night.
“I guess you really couldn’t have written a better script for tonight,” Brees said. “To break the record, to get the win, and the fashion in which we won – really a complete team effort all the way around.
“The amazing thing about a record like this is it spans over the course of four seasons and hopefully we can keep it going to for a while,” Brees said. “There are so many people that are a part of this.”