It’s beginning to sound like a broken record: The Carolina Panthers (1-4) played good, hard-nosed, exciting football on Sunday against the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints (4-1), but they were not quite good enough for the win.
The Panthers recovered from an early 10-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 27-23 lead early in the fourth quarter, but were unable to keep the Saints out of the end zone on a methodical 13-play, 89-yard drive which lasted 6:16 and ended with a Drew Brees touchdown pass to running back Pierre Thomas with less than a minute to go in the game.
Although the Panthers could have won this game, and appeared to be on the brink of a breakthrough performance with a convincing win over a quality team, this week’s opponent proved to be just a little too good to overcome.
Final Score: Saints 30, Panthers 27
Here are my grades, by position, for the Carolina Panthers.