Superlatives on the Saints

We weren’t able to do this in the first four weeks because they didn’t win. But now that they have, it’s time to take a look at some statistical superlatives on the New Orleans Saints’ 31-24 victory against the San Diego Chargers.

We’ll turn to ESPN Stats & Information and the Saints’ media relations department for some help.

  • You already know that quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ record by throwing a touchdown pass in the 48th consecutive game. But let’s put a little more context on the accomplishment. Unitas first took possession of the record 54 years ago and, prior to Brees, no one came within 10 games of his streak. But New England’s Tom Brady has an active streak that’s not too far off Brees’. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in 37 straight games.

  • Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 90 of his 100 career starts.

  • Brees now has 17 career games with four or more touchdowns. That’s second among active quarterbacks. Peyton Manning leads with 22.

  • Brees now has thrown for 300 yards or more 54 times since joining the Saints in 2006.

  • Brees also has another NFL-best streak that remains active. He has completed 20 or more passes in 41 straight games.

  • Receiver Marques Colston caught three touchdown passes. That tied his career high. Colston also had three touchdowns in a 2007 game against the 49ers. Colston now is the franchise’s all-time leader with 52 touchdown catches and is third on the list for touchdowns.

  • Colston and Devery Henderson each had at least eight receptions, 120 receiving yards and a touchdown. It’s the first time in franchise history that two receivers have put up such numbers in the same game.

  • Sunday was the 300th regular-season win in franchise history. The Saints are 300-390-5 in 46 NFL seasons.