New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at the Soldier Field on October 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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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.

Next up for the Saints is a road game against Tampa Bay. The Panthers will also stay within the division and take on Atlanta.