Saints hold on for wild 41-38 win over reeling Panthers


The Panthers don’t have to worry about people talking about the Super Bowl hangover anymore, since their fans have moved onto drowning their sorrows over the 2016 team.

The Saints dropped the Panthers to 1-5 with a 41-38 win Sunday, with kicker Will Lutz’s 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left capping a ridiculous game from both sides.

The Panthers came back from a 21-0 deficit but can’t play defense at all, allowing Drew Brees to throw for 465 yards and four touchdowns. It’s the second-most passing yards allowed in a game in franchise history, behind the 503 Matt Ryan hung on them earlier this season.

But the breakdowns today for the Panthers went beyond the secondary. They were close to tying the game earlier in the fourth quarter, before Graham Gano missed an extra point which left them down 31-30. Gano also missed a potential game-winning field goal in the opener at Denver (which they lost 21-20), a game which could have changed the course of the entire season.

Now, the Panthers look like a real mess.

When third-round cornerback Daryl Worley left the game in the second half to be evaluated for a concussion, it left the Panthers with just three healthy cornerbacks, and two of them were on the practice squad two weeks ago. Starters James Bradberry and Robert McClain were inactive with injuries, and of course Josh Norman is in Washington.

But the Saints are just as much of a mess as the Panthers, and let the Panthers come back and tie the game 38-38 on a Cam Newton touchdown run and a two-point conversion.

But the Panthers couldn’t stop them at from getting into position for the game-winner, and Lutz recovered from missing a 53-yarder earlier in the day to deliver the win which moved them to 2-3.

27 responses to “Saints hold on for wild 41-38 win over reeling Panthers

  1. Panthers are done…
    Bucs will not win many…
    The Saints are the only threat to the FALCONS if they go on a long win streak which they could with Payton and Breeds but doubtful…

  2. Meanwhile in Washington, Josh Norman and the Redskins have won 4 in a row and sit atop the division.

    You sure know your Football huh Carolina Fans. You just knew Snyder was overpaying huh!

  3. 9-7 team that had everything go right last year. This is who they really were all along. Thanks for coming Panthers fans, your seasons over.

    Keep pounding… sand

  4. Saints fans… What’s it like getting roughing the passer calls that don’t offset? Just curious.

    It’s the every other year curse. Next year we will be fire again and the haters will claim that our schedule is easy while losing to the teams we beat. Just do me a favor, Saints and Bucs. Don’t let the Falcons win the division.

  5. When you act like a petulant turd after the Super Bowl, maybe Karma says, “you’re not the MVP no more”… “And your team can circle the toilet bowl with you next season”.

  6. Panther fans, what’s it like getting non existent PI calls to help you get back in the game? Your schedule was EASY and calls went your way. SB hangover much? Keep pounding! WHO DAT! Oh, BTW, we have a ring.

  7. That was a hard fought, hard won game. Divisional games are always so hard because both teams know each other so well. So glad the Saints pulled out a W!

  8. I don’t think the Saints “let” CAR come back in the game. In my 40+ years of watching football, I’ve never seen a team get called for 3 PIs in the end zone especially this season. The season that I have seen way worse like Josh Norman pick up & carry OBJ in a game without a flag.

  9. The most overrated team in the NFL with the biggest disaster of a QB are now teetering on assuming their rightful place in the NFL – as a team with a losing record.

    The Carolina Paper Tigers deserve this year with their unprofessional conduct last year and being an embarrassment to the NFC in the Super Bowl.

  10. That was a close fought game, that would have been even better if the refs weren’t throwing flags on perfectly good defensive plays. They have become too much a part of determining which team wins. Thankfully, this time the Saints overcame the ref oppression and abuse.

  11. I thought this was a great time to play Carolina without Cam, however Cam played and played very well. I am not quite sure how the Saints won, playing against Cam and the refs and bogus in the end zone PI calls over and over and over again.

    Brees obviously wanted to win this game and acted like it the whole game. He threaded the needle several times and really put on a show. I think he threw a completion to every eligible receiver who dressed out.

    When you have a game like that you have to win it…somehow!

  12. Your schedule doesn’t get that much harder depending on your previous year’s record.
    You play 6 divisional games, then everyone in your division plays 4 teams from one afc division and 4 from a NFC division which leaves two random teams to play so yeah that excuse of “every other year curse” is bogus.

  13. I just saw the post-game comments by Cam after this game – same petulant turd as after the Super Bowl. What a sore loser!

  14. His team mate punching Brees in the mouth shows all the low class behavior that reverberates throughout this team. Sore losers with a crybaby for a leader.

  15. ckruszka says:
    Oct 16, 2016 5:12 PM
    Panther fans, what’s it like getting non existent PI calls to help you get back in the game?

    Wouldn’t know the answer to that, buddy. If your coach feels so strongly about it, then why isn’t he submitting it to the league?

    I would take the W and stop crying about the refs. You sound like Denver fans. Have some class for once, New Orleans.

  16. Yet Sham Newton was the pouty crybaby at his press confrence. Way to deflect Panthers fans. Saints won, so, that’s all that matters.

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