The Panthers were done in by big mistakes and small ones in their 30-20 loss to the Saints.
Said Panthers LB Jon Beason, “You’ve got to give them credit. They’re a pretty
good football team – I didn’t say great. We showed we can play with them. We proved it for 3½ quarters. But you
can’t give them stuff and that’s what we did late in the game.”
With both fullbacks injured, the Panthers used G Mackenzy Bernadeau as a blocking back and it hurt them when he ran into QB Jake Delhomme and caused a fumble on a first-and-goal play from the Saints’ one-yard-line.
Delhomme was 17 of 30 for 201 yards and didn’t throw an interception, but the Panthers are now 13-31 in games where he throws 30 passes or more.
Panthers K John Kasay showed no ill effects from a groin injury as he made all four of his kicks.
Said Saints DT Anthony Hargrove after recovering two fumbles and scoring a touchdown, “I’m no Sedrick Ellis by any stretch. I just started playing defensive
tackle this year. I’m just in here trying not to be a weakness for our
The Saints have now outscored their opponents 91-18 in the fourth quarter this season.
John DeShazier of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that the Saints’ resiliency rating is off the charts after a third straight comeback victory.
Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 330 yards and moved into 40th place on the NFL’s career passing yardage list.
CB Tracy Porter was responsible for two of the four fumbles that the Saints forced on Sunday.
For more on the Panthers and Saints, Mike Florio has the full Morning Aftermath right here.