Brees' 54-game TD streak

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made history over a four-season span from 2009 through 2012 in which he snapped what was once regarded as the NFL’s “unbreakable record” – a 47-game streak in which Johnny Unitas threw a touchdown pass.

Brees fired six TD passes in the 2009 season opener. He followed that performance in Week 2 with three more touchdown passes in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. In Weeks 3 and 4 against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets respectively, the high-flying Brees did not connect on any touchdown passes. That was the last time he failed to find the end zone in a regular season game until a Thursday night matchup in Week 13 of the 2012 NFL season.

The Saints’ quarterback made history on Oct. 7, 2012 when he connected with Devery Henderson on a 40-yard TD pass play late in the first quarter of New Orleans’ 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers to break the mark held for a half-century by Unitas. Brees ran his amazing streak to 54 games.

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  Date Opponent/Score Att Comp Yds TD Int   TD Passes (Yds/Receiver)
1 Oct 18, 2009 New York Giants, 48-27 30 23 369 4 0   1 to Shockey, 36 to Meachem, 12 to Moore, 12 to Colston
2 Oct 25, 2009 @ Miami Dolphins, 46-34 38 22 298 1 3   10 to Colston
3 Nov 2, 2009 Atlanta Falcons, 35-27 33 25 308 2 1   18 to Colston, 1 to P. Thomas
4 Nov 8, 2009 Carolina Panthers, 30-20 35 24 330 1 1   54 to Meachem
5 Nov 15, 2009 @ St. Louis Rams, 28-23 26 18 223 2 2   15 to Bush, 27 to Meachem
6 Nov 22, 2009 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-7 29 19 187 3 0   4 to Meachem, 6 to Meachem, 11 to D. Thomas
7 Nov 30, 2009 New England Patriots, 38-17 23 18 371 5 0   18 to P. Thomas, 75 to Henderson, 38 to Meachem, 2 to Dinkins, 20 to Colston
8 Dec 6, 2009 @ Washington Redskins, 33-30 49 35 419 2 1   40 to Colston, 53 to Meachem
9 Dec 13, 2009 @ Atlanta Falcons, 26-23 40 31 296 3 0   6 to Bush, 3 to Colston, 21 to Bush
10 Dec 19, 2009 Dallas Cowboys, 17-24 45 29 298 1 1   7 to Moore
11 Dec 27, 2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17-20 37 32 258 1 0   30 to Meachem
    at Carolina Panthers, 10-23             Inactive - Did Not Play
12 Sep 9, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 14-9 36 27 237 1 0   29 to Henderson
13 Sep 20, 2010 @ San Francisco 49ers, 25-22 38 28 254 2 0   6 to Bush, 3 to D. Thomas
14 Sep 26, 2010 Atlanta Falcons, 24-27 38 30 365 3 2   2 to Shockey, 80 to Moore, 16 to Moore
15 Oct 3, 2010 Carolina Panthers, 16-14 48 33 275 1 0   4 to Moore
16 Oct 10, 2010 @ Arizona Cardinals, 20-30 39 24 279 2 3   1 to Shockey, 35 to Meachem
17 Oct 17, 2010 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-6 32 21 263 3 1   41 to Moore, 42 to Meachem, 4 to Evans
18 Oct 24, 2010 Cleveland Browns, 17-30 56 37 356 2 4   11 to D. Thomas, 8 to Colston
19 Oct 31, 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10 44 34 305 2 1   16 to Colston, 8 to Moore
20 Nov 7, 2010 @ Carolina Panthers, 34-3 43 27 253 2 1   7 to Shockey, 19 to Graham
21 Nov 21, 2010 Seattle Seahawks, 34-19 43 29 382 4 2   23 to Colston, 3 to Meachem, 22 to Colston, 32 to Meachem
22 Nov 25, 2010 @ Dallas Cowboys, 30-27 39 23 352 1 1   12 to Moore
23 Dec 5, 2010 @ Cincinnati Bengals, 34-30 29 24 313 2 1   52 to Meachem, 3 to Colston
24 Dec 12, 2010 St. Louis Rams, 31-13 40 25 221 3 2   5 to Colston, 17 to Colston, 31 to Moore
25 Dec 19, 2010 @ Baltimore Ravens, 24-30 46 29 267 3 1   18 to Graham, 1 to Graham, 15 to Moore
26 Dec 27, 2010 @ Atlanta Falcons, 17-14 49 35 302 1 2   6 to Graham
27 Jan 2, 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 13-23 38 22 196 1 1   4 to Graham
28 Sep 8, 2011 @ Green Bay Packers, 34-42 49 32 419 3 0   31 to Meachem, 29 to Henderson, 5 to Graham
29 Sep 18, 2011 Chicago Bears, 30-13 37 26 270 3 0   79 to Henderson, 4 to Meachem, 12 to Sproles
30 Sep 25, 2011 Houston Texans, 40-33 44 31 370 3 2   2 to Meachem, 27 to Graham, 16 to Moore
31 Oct 2, 2011 @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-10 44 31 351 1 2   1 to Graham
32 Oct 9, 2011 @ Carolina Panthers, 30-27 45 32 359 2 1   1 to Collins, 6 to P. Thomas
33 Oct 16, 2011 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 20-26 45 29 383 1 3   38 to Colston
34 Oct 23, 2011 Indianapolis Colts, 62-7 35 31 325 5 0   14 to Colston, 4 to Colston, 6 to Spoles, 4 to Graham, 2 to Graham
35 Oct 30, 2011 @ St. Louis Rams, 21-31 44 30 269 1 2   8 to Moore
36 Nov 6, 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-16 36 27 258 2 1   3 to Moore, 21 to Sproles
37 Nov 13, 2011 @ Atlanta Falcons, 26-23 43 30 322 2 0   21 to Graham, 33 to Meachem
38 Nov 28, 2011 New York Giants, 49-24 38 24 363 4 0   4 to Moore, 5 to Graham, 10 to Moore, 29 to Graham
39 Dec 4, 2011 Detroit Lions, 31-17 36 26 342 3 0   67 to Meachem, 20 to Moore, 6 to Sproles
40 Dec 11, 2011 @ Tennessee Titans, 22-17 47 36 337 2 0   35 to Colston, 28 to Colston
41 Dec 18, 2011 @ Minnesota Vikings, 42-20 40 32 412 5 0   5 to Moore, 1 to Graham, 13 to Spoles, 2 to Gilmore, 47 to Moore
42 Dec 26, 2011 Atlanta Falcons, 45-16 39 23 307 4 2   8 to Colston, 9 to Graham, 24 to Meachem, 9 to Sproles
43 Jan 1, 2012 Carolina Panthers, 45-17 35 28 389 5 1   15 to Colston, 42 to Colston, 19 to Graham, 1 to Collins, 9 to Sproles
44 Sept. 9, 2012 Washington Redskins, 32-40 52 24 339 3 2   20 to Graham, 33 to Moore, 2 to Sproles
45 Sept. 16, 2012 @ Carolina Panthers, 27-35 49 31 325 1 2   1 to Graham
46 Sept. 23, 2012 Kansas City Chiefs, 24-27 36 20 240 3 1   9 to Moore, 1 to Graham, 6 to Collins
47 Sept. 30, 2012 @ Green Bay Packers, 27-28 54 35 446 3 0   20 to Colston, 6 to Sproles, 80 to Morgan
48 Oct. 7, 2012 San Diego Chargers, 31-24 45 29 370 4 1   40 to Henderson, 19 to Colston, 16 to Colston, 5 to Colston
49 Oct. 21, 2012 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-28 37 27 377 4 1   17 to Colston, 9 to Sproles, 48 to Morgan, 20 Thomas
50 Oct. 28, 2012 @ Denver Broncos, 14-34 42 22 213 2 1   29 to Sproles, 18 to Graham
51 Nov. 5, 2012 Philadelphia Eagles, 28-13 27 21 239 2 0   1 to Colston, 6 to Graham
52 Nov. 11, 2012 Atlanta Falcons, 31-27 32 21 298 3 1   29 to Graham, 14 to Graham, 7 to Colston
53 Nov. 18, 2012 @ Oakland Raiders, 38-17 27 20 219 3 0   1 to Graham, 38 to Moore, 15 to Moore
54 Nov. 25, 2012 San Francisco 49ers, 21-31 41 26 267 3 2   6 to Thomas, 10 to Colston, 2 to Collins
  Nov. 29, 2012 @ Atlanta Falcons, 13-23 50 28 341 0 5   STREAK BROKEN

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Recent Comments
  • curis - October 05 2012 12:32 PM

    lets start out by saying dave the panther STFU. you apparently dont know anything about football. drew brees might not be the greatest QB of all time but is one of the best. all i have to say is have faith in the saints they will rise to the top once again. oh its true its damn true they will be in the superbowl again. GO SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • DaveThePanther - October 05 2012 05:44 AM

    Kevin Marshall actually Unitas was released by the Pittsburgh Steeler ONLY. Also it was at the beginning of his career. Brees and 4 or so in SD. I don't care how many games Brees has when he is finally done. Unitas 47 games is by far,, BY FAR a greater accomplishment. In Unitas's day the NFL was no where near what today's pass happy rules have. It is slap in the face of Unitas to even consider this as the same. The NFL has turned into nothing more than Arena Football League on a 100 yd field. Nothing more. Give Brees the same rules. He wouldn't reach 10 games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brees is a good QB but not even in the same league as Unitas.

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  • DaveThePanther - October 05 2012 05:18 AM

    Kevin Marshall actually Unitas was released by the Pittsburgh Steeler ONLY. Also it was at the beginning of his career. Brees and 4 or so in SD. I don't care how many games Brees has when he is finally done. Unitas 47 games is by far,, BY FAR a greater accomplishment. In Unitas's day the NFL was no where near what today's pass happy rules have. It is slap in the face of Unitas to even consider this as the same. The NFL has turned into nothing more than Arena Football League on a 100 yd field. Nothing more. Give Brees the same rules. He wouldn't reach 10 games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brees is a good QB but not even in the same league as Unitas.

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  • Kevin Marshall - September 27 2012 06:47 AM

    Drew Brees is great QB he has done this with average wide recievers and his coach Sean Payton should take some credit as well with the system that the Saints run is great for passing stats. Drew Brees will be in the hall of fame when he retires.And the Chargers had him first and did not know how to use him and thought he was injury prone. The Detroit Lions did not want him because they had Joey Harrington wow what bone head move on the Lions part.Unitas had been relased a few times before he hook up with the Colts. So its fiting that Brees an unwanted QB breaks a record of another unwanted QB.

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