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Drew Brees sets NFL mark as Saints defeat Chargers

Drew Brees threw for 370 yards and broke a half-century-old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and host New Orleans won for the first time this season with a 31-24 victory over San Diego Sunday night.

Brees' 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60. Brees also had three scoring strikes to Marques Colston, giving him a franchise-record 52 TD catches with the Saints (1-4). Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (3-2), but had an interception and fumble in the final quarter.

Patriots 31, Broncos 21

In the 13th meeting between the star quarterbacks, and the first since Peyton Manning joined the Broncos, Tom Brady directed four scoring drives of at least 80 yards for host New England Sunday. Brady is 9-4 against Manning, who left the Colts after last season.

Brady completed 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown and ran for another. Manning completed 31 of 44 for 345 yards and three touchdowns but lost a fumble on a sack.

The fumble led to Stevan Ridley's 8-yard run that put the Patriots (3-2) ahead 31-7 with about five minutes left in the third quarter. Ridley led the Patriots with a career-high 151 yards rushing.

Falcons 24, Redskins 17

Michael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead TD with 2:46 left for Atlanta, which is 5-0 for the first time. Matt Ryan threw for 345 yards as Atlanta handed Washington (2-3) its eighth consecutive home loss.

Robert Griffin III left during the third quarter after taking a hard hit on a scramble, and coach Mike Shanahan said the rookie quarterback has a "mild concussion."

Ravens 9, Chiefs 6

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals as Baltimore (4-1) held off Kansas City (1-4). The Chiefs' slumping Matt Cassel was intercepted twice and lost two fumbles before leaving in the fourth quarter with what the team called a head injury.

Before the game, a plane flew over Arrowhead Stadium with a banner demanding that Cassel be benched. With him flat on his back after taking the hit that ended his day, many fans cheered. "It's 100 percent sickening," Chiefs tackle Eric Winston said.

Steelers 16, Eagles 14

Shaun Suisham kicked a 34-yard field goal for host Pittsburgh (2-2) as time expired. Michael Vick threw for two TDs but also lost two fumbles for the Eagles (3-2).

Dolphins 17, Bengals 13

Reshad Jones intercepted Andy Dalton with 1:22 left to lift Miami (2-3), which lost its previous two games in overtime. Host Cincinnati is 3-2.

Vikings 30, Titans 7

Percy Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards for the Vikings (4-1), who dropped host Tennessee to 1-4. The Vikings have allowed a total of 33 points in winning three straight.

49ers 45, Bills 3

Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns as the host 49ers (4-1) amassed a franchise-record 621 yards against the defensively challenged Bills (2-3).

Bears 41, Jaguars 3

Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs returned interceptions for touchdowns -- the second Pick-6 for each in six days -- as the Bears (4-1) routed host Jacksonville (1-4).

Seahawks 16, Panthers 12

Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard TD pass to Golden Tate for Seattle (3-2), which sacked Cam Newton four times. Carolina is 1-4.

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