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.