Photo: Saints beat Chargers, 31-24

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Ian Simolo, 10, from Seneca Falls, NY predicts Saints QB Drew Brees' record-breaking TD during the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Fans party in Champion Square outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the start of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUNew Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson, a former LSU star, runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from Drew Brees, who set an NFL record with a touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel (10) celebrate after Brees broke the record in the 1st quarter of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) waves to the crowd after breaking the record in the 1st qtr of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees celebrates with backup Chase Daniel after Brees threw a touchdown pass against San Diego on Sunday to break an NFL record with 48 consecutive games with a TD pass. The record-setting scoring strike was a 40-yard pass to former LSU Tiger Devery Henderson. Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas set the record between 1956 and 1960. The Saints won the game, 31-24.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Teammates surround New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9), after his touchdown pass to wide receiver Devery Henderson (19), Drew Brees' record-breaking 48th consecutive touchdown pass in a game, during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Saints fans hold up signs for quarterback Drew Brees during the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Joe Unitas, son of Johnny Unitas, waves to Saints fans before the Saints-Chargers NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Joe Unitas, son of Johnny Unitas, poses with former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason before the Saints-Chargers game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24)breaks up a pass intended for Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) in the 2nd qtr of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) makes a touchdown reception against New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27), from left, to open the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) makes a touchdown reception against New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27), from left, to open the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, left and New Orleans Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer, right chat before the start of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is pressured by New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) in the first quarter of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is pressured by New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) in the first quarter of the Saints' game vs the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) makes a touchdown reception in the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUChargers receiver Robert Meachem runs for a touchdown pastSaints cornerback Corey White after making a reception in the first half of Sunday's game.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints corner back Jabari Greer (33) breaks up a pass meant for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) during the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Pass interference was called against Greer on the play.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints corner back Jabari Greer (33) breaks up a pass meant for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) during the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Pass interference was called against Greer on the play.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper (41) tackles San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUNew Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles tries to dodge a tackle from San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason during the first half Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) makes a reception against New Orleans Saints corner back Patrick Robinson (21) during the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUNew Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram beats a tackle attempt by San Diego Chargers cornerback Marcus Gilchrist during the first half Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) breaks up a pass meant forSan Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) during the second half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUNew Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston catches one of his three touchdowns as San Diego cornerback Antoine Cason defends Sunday in New Orleans.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) kicks a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) breaks up a pass meant forSan Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) during the second half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUNew Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) is tackled after making a reception against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 7.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson (95) recovers the ball at the bottom of a scrum to end the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12), from left, celebrate Colston's touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) embrace at the end an NFL football game in which Drew Brees broke the record for touchdown passes in consecutive games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees jogs toward the locker room after leading his team to a win over the San Diego Chargers and breaking the NFL's record for touchdown passes in consecutive games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.