We’ve talked a lot already about how Drew Brees will be attempting to break Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 straight games with at least one passing touchdown when the New Orleans Saints play on Sunday night.
Let’s talk a little more about it, with some help from ESPN Stats & Information.
Right now, Unitas and Brees are tied at 47 games, so let’s take a look at what they did in those games. Unitas’ team was 31-16 during that span. The Saints are 33-14. In those games, Unitas threw 102 touchdowns with 61 interceptions. Brees has thrown 114 touchdowns with 50 interceptions. Unitas threw touchdown passes to seven different players. Brees has thrown touchdown passes to 15 players.
Speaking of players Brees has thrown touchdown passes to during his streak, the leader is Marques Colston with 22. Lance Moore has 20. Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem, who now plays for San Diego, are tied for third at 19. Darren Sproles is fourth with nine.
For those history buffs out there, Unitas’ streak began Dec. 9, 1956 and lasted through Dec. 4, 1960. The previous record was 22 games, set by Cecil Isbell (five bonus points if you’ve ever heard of him before now). Unitas held sole possession of the record for 19,663 days before Brees tied it Sunday at Green Bay.
The last time Brees had a game without a touchdown pass was Oct. 4, 2009 against the New York Jets. Coincidentally, Brees also went without a touchdown pass the week before that in a game against Buffalo.