Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham for a 5-yard score right before halftime for his third TD pass, making it 88 touchdowns on a wild day across the league. The previous record was 87 in Week 17 of the 2012 season on Dec. 30, according to STATS LLC.
A slew of high-scoring afternoon games set the stage for Brees' record breaker, highlighted by another future Hall of Famer, as Peyton Manning threw four touchdowns in Denver's 51-28 victory over Tennessee.
And despite a handful of games being played in blizzard-like conditions, Philadelphia scored four TDs in the fourth quarter to take down Detroit 34-20, the Vikings and Ravens combined for five TDs in the final two minutes of Baltimore's wild 29-26 win, the Dolphins and Steelers combined for 62 points in a 34-28 thriller won by Miami, and Cincinnati and Indianapolis combined for 10 touchdowns in the Bengals' 42-28 victory.
The Saints and Panthers combined for two more TDs in the second half, setting the day's tally at 90 TDs.