Around the NFL, lost causes and found objects

As bad as this season has been for New Orleans, the Saints have reason to cheer quarterback Drew Brees, who Sunday tied Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas' record of a passing touchdown in 47 consecutive games.

Brees' record-tying touchdown was a 20-yarder to Marques Colston in the first quarter. Officials didn't flag an apparent offensive pass interference on the play, as Colston pushed the defender. At least it was the first time this season the Packers had reason to complain about an official's decision on a ball thrown into the end zone.

No, wait …

Crystal football

The Fox color analyst for the Seahawks-Rams game was former St. Louis Coach Mike Martz, who disagreed with the Rams' decision to line up for a field goal on fourth and goal from the three-yard line.

"I thought the way this [St. Louis] team is, I'd go for it," Martz said. "That's just me. Too much momentum going with these guys."

Wise words. The field goal was a fake, with holder Johnny Hekker taking the snap, standing up and hitting a completely unguarded Danny Amendola in the corner of the end zone. That was the Rams' first offensive touchdown in 100 plays, ending the NFL's longest active streak of futility.

Fine but not good

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is likely to get dinged by the NFL for his hit on Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, briefly leaving Megatron crumpled and face-down on the turf. As a pass slipped through Johnson's hands, Greenway launched himself at Johnson and slammed his shoulder pad into the receiver's head. Looked like a textbook illegal hit on a defenseless receiver.

Guest of dishonor

Watching with the crowd at the St. Louis game was Gregg Williams, the Rams' suspended defensive coordinator at the center of the New Orleans bounty scandal. His son, Blake, coaches Rams linebackers.

Although he's banned indefinitely from coaching in the league, or even attending games, Williams asked for and received permission to attend Seahawks-Rams after being invited by a friend. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, Williams "will not have contact with players or staff."

Greg the leg

On a day when normally reliable kickers David Akers of San Francisco and Stephen Gostkowski of New England missed two field goals each, St. Louis rookie Greg Zuerlein boomed field goals of 58, 48, a franchise-record 60 and 24 yards. All 19 of the Rams' points in their 19-13 victory over the Seahawks came on special teams.

"Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season," Rams running back Steven Jackson said. "Pretty much, all we've got to do is get across the 50-yard line and we're in his range."

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