On the same night New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ record another record was broken. Wide receiver Marques Colston became the Saints all-time touchdown reception leader with 52 touchdowns. The previous record was held by Saints great wide receiver Joe Horn. Furthermore, Colston’s big game helped the Saints finally win their first game of the season as they defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-24.
Colston caught three touchdown passes from Brees, one coming in the second quarter, another in the third quarter, and his last in the fourth quarter. Colston’s franchise setting record 51st touchdown came in the beginning of the third quarter. Then Colston extended his new record to 52 touchdowns in the fourth quarter when he caught a pass from Brees to give the Saints a 27-24 lead.
Colston finished the game with nine receptions for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Colston had his second consecutive 100+ yard game and looks like he is coming back to his stellar form.
Colston had been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot since the preseason and it will apparently be a nagging injury all season. However, if the past two games are any indication I would say that his foot is fine and was instrumental in helping the Saints secure their first win of the season.
It is evident that Colston will need to continue his great play for the Saints to hope to have a turn-around for their season. Brees went to his number one receiver often and the Saints were able to come out with a win.
This was a night of records for the Saints and while some records were broken the only one that really mattered was the Saints season record of 1-4. The Saints won their first game of the year and it was a great night overall for the team and the city of New Orleans.