Drew Brees set an NFL record with touchdown passes in 48 straight games, breaking the mark set by Johnny Unitas a half-century ago. The record-setting scoring strike was a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson against the San Diego Chargers.
Unitas set the record between 1956 and 1960 and no one had come within 10 games until Brees began to close in late last season.
CHIEFS: Matt Cassel, Kansas City’s quarterback, left with a head injury in the fourth quarter after being hit by Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata while attempting a pass.
Cassel remained flat on his back for several minutes before getting helped up and walking off the field under his own power.
He was replaced by Brady Quinn.
SAINTS: Starting cornerback Jabari Greer left Sunday night’s game against San Diego because of what team officials said was a hip injury.
Greer was hurt late in the second quarter and the Saints said he would not return, a blow for a team already ranked last in the NFL in defense.
STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu left Pittsburgh’s win over Philadelphia in the first quarter. He limped off after a fumble by Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year watched the entire second quarter from a seat on the bench and did not move.
Polamalu missed each of Pittsburgh’s previous two games after injuring the calf in a season-opening loss in Denver.