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Drew Brees Breaks Unitas TD Streak Record With Pass To Who Else? #19

Saints QB Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' streak of at least one TD pass in 47 straight games, throwing one in his 48th straight, this time to a wide receiver wearing #19, Johnny U's jersey number.

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It appeared to be a mere formality of when more than if, Drew Brees would break Johnny Unitas' long-standing record of throwing at least one TD pass in 47 straight games. The New Orleans Saints QB tied the record last week, a streak that had stood for 52 years.

The legendary Hall of Fame Baltimore Colts QB originally broke the record, which up until then had only been at 22 games, and then extended it 25 more games. That was then a regular season was only 12 games and the forward pass was nothing like it was back then. Unitas threw over 400 passes only three times in his illustrious career, while Brees has thrown at least 400 passes in four of the past five seasons.

Brees broke the record in the first quarter of the Saints game versus the San Diego Chargers last night in New Orleans. A 40-yard pass to WR Devery Henderson, who ironically wears #19, only fitting and even more special for this occasion.

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