On July 13, the Saints and Brees agreed to a 5 year, $100 million contract. The contract has the largest amount of guaranteed money in NFL history ($60 million). $40 million of the contract will be paid the first year.
In a Week 1 loss to the Redskins 40-32, Brees extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 44 games with a first quarter pass to Jimmy Graham. Brees threw for 339 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He had a passer rating of 70.9 and a 46.2 completion percentage (compared to his 71.2% from the 2011 season).
In Week 2 Brees threw another touchdown pass to Graham, extending his consecutive games streak to within 2 of Johnny Unitas' record 47. But the Saints lost again, 35-27, to the Panthers.
Week 3 saw Brees throw a touchdown pass to Lance Moore in the 1st period to move to within 1 of Unitas' record. However, the Saints lost, 27-24, to the Chiefs in OT despite Brees throwing for 3 TDs, 240 yds., and 1 INT.
Week 4 saw Brees throw a 20-yd TD pass to Marques Colston against the Packers. This was his 47th consecutive game with at least 1 TD pass. With that TD pass, Brees tied Johnny Unitas' consecutive game streak with at least 1 TD pass which has stood unbroken for more than 52 years. Nonetheless, the Saints remained winless, 28-27.
Week 5 saw Brees throw a 40-yd TD pass to Devery Henderson against the Chargers. This was his 48th consecutive game with a TD pass. With that TD pass, Brees broke Johnny Unitas' consecutive game streak with at least 1 TD pass which had stood unbroken for more than 52 years. Sean Payton, Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis were granted permission to watch the week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers due to Brees potentially breaking Unitas' record.
In the week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons, Brees threw 0 TDs and a career high 5 INTs, ending his consecutive game streak with at least 1 touchdown pass at 54.
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