New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Final score: Saints 30, Panthers 27
The Carolina Panthers once again had a chance to tie or take the lead late in a game, but continued a season trend of coming up short. Meanwhile the New Orleans Saints were able to capitalize on miscues from the Panthers to ensure a 30-27 win. It was the fourth win of the season for the Saints and they dropped the Panthers to 1-4.
Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham were unstoppable throughout the afternoon as the two hooked up eight times for 129 yards. The Saints didn't run the ball as well as they have been, but their three-headed rushing attack still managed 101 yards on the ground.
Cam Newton threw a costly interception on the first play offensive play of the game that set up an easy score for the Saints. But the Panthers battled back and controlled most of the second half, yet it was Brees and co. who came up with a long drive that left little time on the clock for Carolina.
I'll have a quick wrap up in a few minutes. Thanks to those that stopped by and hung out (virtually) for the afternoon.
As for the Saints, they earned a hard-fought win on the road over a pesky Carolina team. Big win. The Panthers are going to be a tough team to beat in the division this year and they took them down on the road.
And the difference in score comes down to that field goal the Panthers' coaching staff gift wrapped the Saints at the end of the first half. Ron Rivera better take this loss square on his shoulders. Unacceptable for a staff to do what he did.
Once again the Panthers come up short. The Saints will move to 4-1 on the year and the Panthers drop to 1-4.
Now the Saints will call a timeout. This is turning into a basketball game.
Carolina will use its final timeout to set up a final play. It's been a hectic game in Charlotte today.
It's going to be hail mary time for the Panthers.
The Panthers have 11 seconds now and need a big play to have an opportunity to have Olindo Mare kick a field goal.
Pass interference called and saves the Panthers on fourth down.
Play is ruled incomplete.
Play is under review and this could be dire for the Panthers. They spent a timeout which allowed time for the officials upstairs to take a long look at it. Haven't seen a good look of the play yet.
An ugly throw by Newton but he completes it to Naanee for the first down.
Newton to Smith on first down and the Panthers have the ball near their own forty yard line.
Missed extra point and field goal mishap at end of first half are difference in this game.
Newton will get the ball back with under a minute to go and three timeouts in the bank.
Pierre Thomas with a touchdown reception as Brees caps a marvelous drive.
The Saints are easily moving the ball on the Panthers and the clock is ticking down.
You get the feeling that the Saints are doing everything to take this clock as low as possible.
Brees is doing his best Houdini impression right now.
18-yard screen pass to Thomas, who made a nice one-handed catch.
Captain Munnerlyn had a rough start to the game but he has stepped it up in the second half.
The pocket collapses behind Brees. He steps up and chooses to force it to Graham who makes a nice catch for the first down. Brees could have easily have ran it for the first.
Saints burn a timeout which could be costly with still six minutes to go.
It will be third and short for the Saints coming up.
The Panthers would have been better off keeping it on the ground there even if they didn't pick up the first down. Would have kept the clock moving at least.
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