Carolina-New Orleans: A Disappointing End to a Disappointing Season

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IDecember 28, 2008

Dan Marino's record for most single season passing yards remains safe, at least for now.

Most people didn't give Brees a rat-on-a-highway's chance of throwing for 402 yards against the playoff bound Panthers. Brees didn't throw for 402 yards, but came within 16 yards of breaking the record, finishing a disappointing season on a low note.

Oh yeah, the Saints lost the game too. Final Score: 33-31, Carolina.

It almost didn't end like this.

The Saints were down 23-3 at one point, but the Black and Gold didn't give up. They hammered and hammered at the Panthers and were leading 31-30 late in the game. Jake Delhomme then commenced to throw a long pass to Steve Smith, who quickly made the catch between two Saints' defenders.

No surprise there.

Carolina kicker John Kasay then nailed a 42-yard field goal with a second left to put the Panthers ahead.

Then it got interesting.

The kickoff was a squib kick which went out of bounds giving the Drew Brees and the Saints the ball with one second left. All that Brees had to do was to throw a pass over 16 yards and he would've broken Marino's pass.

The pass, intended for Lance Moore, fell incomplete.

The Saints finished at 8-8, their record reflects on the season that they have had this year. It was a .500 season, simple as that. You can't win one, lose one, win one, lose won. You gotta' have a streak going on and the Saints just did not have any of that going on this year.

Now we look to the offseason. Was this Deuce McAllister's last game as a Saint. Many people think so; we'll just have to wait and see.

The game started out bad for the Saints. In the first quarter, the Panthers kicked two field goals.

In the second quarter, the Saints started the scoring with a Garrett Hartley field goal and then the Panthers came right back with a field goal.

Delhomme then threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Mushin Muhammad.

Next, Dante Wesley recovered a fumble for another Panthers touchdown.

The Saints finished out the second quarter action with a 26-yard pass from Brees to Marques Colston to make the score 23-10 at the halftime break.

Jonathan Stewart scored the lone touchdown in the third quarter on a two-yard run, giving the Panthers a 30-10 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Robert Meachem caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees making the score 30-17.

The Saints marched right back down the field and Lance Moore caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Brees making it 30-24.

The Saints marched down the field once more and Moore caught another TD from Brees, this time for 13 yards.

John Kasay then kicked the 42-yard field giving the Panthers a first round bye in the playoffs.