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NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 13: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC divisional playoff game at the Superdome on January 13, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana.The Saints won the game 27-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees broke a half-century-old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the New Orleans Saints won for the first time this season, 31-24 over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. Brees' 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60. Brees' also had three scoring strikes to Marques Colston, giving him a franchise-record 52 touchdown catches with the Saints (1-4). At Brees' request, the NFL allowed head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis -- all serving various suspensions in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation -- to attend the game. They and Johnny Unitas son, Joe, saw Brees pass for 370 yards. Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (3-2), but had an interception and fumble in the final quarter.
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