Saints quarterback Drew Brees has just tied one of the longest and most impressive records in NFL history. With some help from the officials.
Brees hit Marques Colston in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter today at Lambeau Field, making it Brees’s 47th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. That ties a record that Johnny Unitas set from 1956 to 1960, a record that stood for more than half a century and that was often compared to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak as one of the most unbreakable records in sports. Now Brees is a game away from breaking it.
However, Brees got some help because Colston pushed off in the end zone before making the catch. The officials missed it, but it should have been an offensive pass interference penalty and no touchdown.
And so the Packers have been victimized by the regular officials missing an offensive pass interference call on a touchdown, on the Sunday after the lockout of NFL referees ended, in large part because the Packers were victimized by the replacement officials missing an offensive pass interference call on a touchdown.