NEW ORLEANS — With only 240 passing yards on Sunday in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Saints quarterback Drew Brees had his NFL-record streak of 300-yard passing games snapped.
Brees, who set an NFL single-season record with 5,476 passing yards last season, went into the game with nine consecutive 300-yard passing games.
The last time he failed to reach the 300-yard mark was in a 27-16 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 6, 2011.
Two streaks continue
Because of the Saints’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs, Brees couldn’t enjoy having two other streaks extended.
His 9-yard scoring pass to Lance Moore on their first possession of the game pushed his streak with at least one touchdown pass to 46 games in a row — one shy of tying Johnny Unitas’ all-time NFL record.
Brees also had 20 completions, pushing his NFL-record streak to 39 games.
Saints punter Thomas Morstead unleashed a 70-yard kick in the second quarter, a career long for the four-year veteran. His previous long of 65 yards came last week at Carolina.
Morstead finished with six punts and averaged 55.8 yards per kick with a net average of 45.8 yards.
The Saints inactives were DE Turk McBride (ankle), WR Joe Morgan, RB Chris Ivory, RB Travaris Cadet, CB Elbert Mack, DT Tyrunn Walker and T Bryce Harris.
Among the Chiefs inactives were three injured starters: FS Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), TE Kevin Boss (head) and NT Anthony Toribio (ankle).
Saints weakside linebacker David Hawthorne injured his hamstring in the first half and did not return. ... Chiefs center Rodney Hudson injured his right knee in the third quarter, wide receiver Dexter McCluster hurt his shoulder after catching a pass on the first play of the second half and running back Peyton Hillis had an ankle injury in the second half. None returned.
Because of the injury to Hudson, the Chiefs had to shuffle their offensive line on the fly.
The Chiefs, who have only seven offensive linemen on their active roster, had no backup for Hudson. So left guard Ryan Lilja was moved over to take his place, with backup guard Jeff Allen getting Lilja’s spot.
Saints owner Tom Benson and former running back Deuce McAllister, who were inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Friday, were honored at halftime.
Benson and McAllister were driven around the perimeter of the field in convertibles before the Ole Miss band provided a musical tribute to McAllister, who played for the Rebels from 1997-2000.
Garrett Hartley’s streak of 13 straight field goals made ended when he missed a 38-yarder in the second quarter. … Brees now has 3,688 career completions, moving him into eighth place all-time ahead of Fran Tarkenton. … Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had a 1-yard TD catch in the third quarter to extend his streak with one scoring catch to six straight regular-season games. … The Saints are 9-12 all-time in regular-season overtime games. It was the first time they played under the NFL’s modified overtime rule when both teams get a possession unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown. … A pregame video montage was played in honor of Steve Sabol, the NFL Films president who died this week. The crowd then was asked to observe a moment of silence for Sabol.