Fans and sportswriters took to social media to voice their opinions on Sunday night's game. The trends on Twitter surrounding this matchup could be summarized by three main things: the Panthers' inability to stop Drew Brees, Cam Newton's struggles and Brees' record-setting night.
The Panthers season took a wrong turn Sunday night, but they still have a very good chance at making a playoff run this season.
A lighter, funnier trend got started when NBC cut the camera to a creepy fan dressed as Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The similarities were scary. This guy went all out with his costume.
The game was controlled early on by the Panthers, making it seem like their win streak would continue.
1:56 left 1st quarter and the Saints offense has run THREE total plays. Panthers ball control domination.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 9, 2013
Then, all of a sudden, the Saints took control of the game. Fletcher Mackel of NBC New Orleans took notice of how Brees tore apart the Panthers' secondary.
Brees is locked in doing a number on Panthers secondary. Carolina can't / doesn't adjust at halftime and Saints blow this wide open in 3rd— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) December 9, 2013
Brees ended up with incredible numbers on the night.
The Panthers defense did not look like the dominant force we have been accustomed to seeing. WWL-TV Sports echoed that sentiment.
In case you were wondering, Panthers allowed 13 ppg all season, and only 12 ppg in 8-game win streak. #Saints have 21 at halftime.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) December 9, 2013
Bleacher Report's Sebastian Maldonado mentioned how Cam Newton could not get much going.
The Panthers are getting stifled on offense so far. Newton can't get anything going #CARvsNO— Sebastian Maldonado (@SebastianTSU) December 9, 2013
Brees also reached a couple of milestones during the game.
Even with the tough loss, Panthers coach Ron Rivera told USA Today's Tom Pelissero that he is confident in his team moving forward.
Ron Rivera on #Saints: "The things that they do here, they do very, very well. We will see how things go when they come to Carolina."— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 9, 2013
Twitter users took notice of how well the Saints played and how poorly the Panthers performed in a crucial road game. They also voiced their opinions of how Rob Ryan has a twin somewhere in the stands.
This game showed how well the Saints are able to play at home. If Drew Brees stays hot, the Saints will be a tough team to take down moving forward. The Saints are a different team at home though, and I worry about their chances of winning on the road.
This game is not the end of the world for Panthers fans, though.
It is very hard to win in New Orleans, so the Panthers should learn from this loss and look to take down the New York Jets next week.
The Panthers have another matchup with the Saints in two weeks, this time in Carolina. They will need to win that game and hope for a Saints loss in the meantime.
Moving forward, this Panthers team still has a lot of good football ahead of it. The Saints looked horrible on the road last week and were able to rebound. The Panthers' situation should not be any different.