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Drew Brees sets NFL record with TD pass in 48th straight game, as expected (VIDEO)

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Drew Brees greets Joe Unitas, Johnny Unitas' son, before Sunday night's game (US Presswire)

The beauty of Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass is that everyone knew he would break it.

Throwing a touchdown pass in an NFL game shouldn't be a given. There's a good reason Unitas' record of 47 straight games with at least one touchdown pass stood for an incredible 52 years.

[Also: Andrew Luck perseveres as Colts stun Packers]

But Brees has become as sure of a thing as there is in sports.

With Saints coach Sean Payton allowed to watch the game from the stands despite his yearlong suspension, and Joe Unitas also on hand to see Brees break his father's record, Brees delivered, as he usually does.

[Also: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III KO'd in loss to Falcons]

He didn't need long. On a third-and-6 in the opening quarter, Brees stepped up and fired a strike to a wide-open Devery Henderson for a 40-yard score to tie New Orleans' game against San Diego 7-7. The record breaker came with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter.

Brees ran down to celebrate with Henderson, then got the ball and held it up for the crowd while Saints fans roared, even though his record-setting touchdown couldn't have surprised them.

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