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Brees passes Saints to comeback win in Carolina

Saints' Brees throws a pass against the Panthers during an NFL football game in Charlotte Reuters

The Panthers gave the Saints all they could handle today in Carolina, but in the end Drew Brees came up big — and Cam Newton came up just short — as New Orleans won 30-27.

Brees had another big day, completing 32 of 45 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which went to Pierre Thomas with less than a minute remaining, giving the Saints a lead after they had trailed for most of the fourth quarter.

That gave Newton one last chance to lead the Panthers back, and Newton did march the Panthers into Saints territory in the final seconds. But his last pass fell short, and the Panthers walked off the field having lost again, falling to 1-4 on the season.

The Panthers can take solace in knowing that they’re playing competitive football: All four of their losses are by a touchdown or less. For Carolina, that’s progress.

As for the Saints, they got big days from Jimmy Graham (129 receiving yards) and Darren Sproles (91 yards from scrimmage), and at 4-1 they’re looking like one of the best teams in football.

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27 Responses to “Brees passes Saints to comeback win in Carolina”
  1. nmking26 says: Oct 9, 2011 4:43 PM

    Does Cam still have haters? A few more puzzle pieces and Panthers can go from just competing to winning.

  2. mdd913 says: Oct 9, 2011 4:44 PM

    4-1 they’re looking like one of the best teams in football.

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    No, they ARE one of the best teams in football. Anybody else but the Packers on opening day, they would be 5-0.

  3. pudgalvin says: Oct 9, 2011 4:46 PM

    Poor, poor, poor clock management by Ron Rivera.
    There was the disaster in the first half giving the Saints 3, and then you finish the game with a timeout in your pocket. When the Saints got to the 6 with 1:20 left he just let the clock run. You gotta use a timeout there, even if you have faith in your defense.

  4. panthers34 says: Oct 9, 2011 4:46 PM

    Should have run the ball on 3 and 2 on the second to last possesion. Toughest loss of the season. Oh, and “timeout gate”…….

  5. orakpophobia says: Oct 9, 2011 4:47 PM

    CAAAMM!!!

  6. 4t9er says: Oct 9, 2011 4:47 PM

    I really feel bad for Cam, he’s a winner and the record doesn’t show it.

  7. nflfuturist says: Oct 9, 2011 4:48 PM

    Great game. Cam Newton is the real deal.

  8. gosuhgo says: Oct 9, 2011 4:53 PM

    Best other than the Lions and Packers.

  9. mdd913 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:01 PM

    What should not be overlooked was the horrible refereeing in this game. Steve Smith dragging Jenkins around by his facemask was inexcusable and should’ve been a penalty and probably an ejection. Ingram taunted a Panthers player and was rightfully penalized, however the Panthers player threw a forearm shiver to his head/face area and was not. A really awful roughing the passer was called on a perfectly clean hit on Newton on 3rd down that extended a drive and let the Panthers score a go-ahead touchdown.

    Officiating was historically bad in this game. The NFL is the biggest most important sports league in the world and I don’t see how they can continue to let this crap happen week after week.

  10. intenseg says: Oct 9, 2011 5:04 PM

    Best other than the Lions and Packers.

    The Saints are ahead of the Lions, make no mistake about that.

  11. panthers34 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:14 PM

    Is Steve is tossed you have to toss Harper too.

  12. thevikes85 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:22 PM

    This kid Newton is going to be a monster in a couple of years when he fully adapts to the pros.I never understood why all the hate for Cam?I’m serious i don’t watch college football but didn’t he win the national championship?why were people hating on him kid has unreal raw talent,he gets to tone his skills he will be a top 5 qb,maybe the top in about 5 years.

  13. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:25 PM

    ugly win for my saints….thank goodness for brees….

  14. mikemcsaint says: Oct 9, 2011 5:40 PM

    Cam Newton is a beast. They will be hard to deal with for a while. I don’t quite understand why they don’t try to run and use play action more but I’m glad they don’t. Tough win for the Saints and on to Tampa.

  15. bcar1023 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:42 PM

    Intenseg – actually no, the Saints are not ahead of the Lions. Check the standings. The Saints better come up with a run defense or they won’t get lucky like they did today. If Cam doesn’t throw that horrible pick on the opening drive, the Saints lose.

  16. tatum064 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:43 PM

    Great game, Cam looking good…but way too much trash talk, fighting, etc. I know their rivals, but at some point they’ve got to reel the emotions in…Jimmy Graham ran his mouth, Steve Smith got hit late by Roman Harper after a TD, then rather than walking away, they start fighting each other.

    These two teams do not like each other.

  17. mdd913 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:54 PM

    Is Steve is tossed you have to toss Harper too.

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    Harper didn’t throw a punch or drag anyone around by their facemask, and besides, Smith went after the wrong guy.

  18. udub says: Oct 9, 2011 6:25 PM

    No offense, but Cam Newton is not playing as great as a lot of people are talking. Has he wildly exceeded expectations? Yes. But that is part of why people are thinking he is playing so great. The earlier game when he had 400+ yards and 3 INTs…there were people talking about the amazing game he had. When, and with who, has 3 INTs ever been amazing?

    I blame the low expectations and the ever increasing reliance on fantasy football to determine who is good or not. People see his fantasy point totals and fall in love with yards (although they come with 40+ throws in losses) and one yard TD rushes that get them 6 cheap fantasy points.

    He’s the Allen Iverson of the NFL. A good player that accumulates a great players stats. So what Iverson could score 30 points a game, a lot of players that didn’t score 30 could have if they were taking the amount of shots Iverson did. Cam Newton getting 374 or 432 yards throwing it 46 times isn’t something unique to some great skill only Cam has like some people so surprised by his performances would lead you to believe.

  19. goawayeverybody says: Oct 9, 2011 6:37 PM

    Once the Panthers get a defense they are going to be very scary.

  20. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 9, 2011 6:48 PM

    Cam is the real deal.

  21. mvpanthersfan11 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:02 PM

    The people who talked about him having a good game when throwing 3 ints are people who actually understand the NFL. Unlike the ignorant people like you

  22. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 9, 2011 7:59 PM

    I have watched most of Carolina’s games and it’s quite possible that at 0-4 they are still a better team than quite a few 2-3 win teams (Denver, Cleveland, Kansas City for starters).

  23. Foresight2011 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:24 PM

    Carolina is the perfect example of records and numbers being deceiving. The only true competition that GB and NO have played beside each other, have come from the 1-4 Carolina Panthers. They could easily be 5-0 or 0-5. The line is truly that thin for the Panthers. Every game they played this year have been decided by 7 points or less, unfortunately for them they have been on the wrong side of the close games more then not. This team has talent, they just have not yet put it together for 4 quarters.

  24. tarheelpirate says: Oct 9, 2011 9:48 PM

    Don’t you love it when fans of the winning team come on discussions boards to cry about the refs?

    After Steve Smith made a great play, Harper took a cheap shot at him in the end zone. Smitty did let it go, but his teammates didn’t like the cheap shot. When they arrived in the end zone, a scrum began. Smitty grabbed some chump by the shoulder pads a slammed him to the ground like he was a middle school player. There was no slinging anyone around by the facemask. Harper tried to mess with a pit bull, and he got bitten. For his sake, I hope he learned his lesson.

  25. panther17 says: Oct 9, 2011 9:57 PM

    Good teams find a way to win. There are no moral victories. 1-4 sucks. Time for the team to start getting the victories that matter. Ones that add to the win column. This losing sucks. Hate it.

  26. 504in860 says: Oct 9, 2011 10:01 PM

    tarheelpirate says:
    Oct 9, 2011 9:48 PM
    Don’t you love it when fans of the winning team come on discussions boards to cry about the refs?

    After Steve Smith made a great play, Harper took a cheap shot at him in the end zone. Smitty did let it go, but his teammates didn’t like the cheap shot. When they arrived in the end zone, a scrum began. Smitty grabbed some chump by the shoulder pads a slammed him to the ground like he was a middle school player. There was no slinging anyone around by the facemask. Harper tried to mess with a pit bull, and he got bitten. For his sake, I hope he learned his lesson.
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    Yeah and little Stevie Smith also punches his own teammate. I’m so glad he’ll never win a championship.

  27. neovenator250 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:34 AM

    Great to see my Saints win, but as an Auburn alum, I love Cam Newton as well. He’s going to be a thorn in the side of defenses for a long time.

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