The Saints and the Panthers came into Sunday night’s game with matching records and looking to lead the NFC South. New Orleans came out of the game with a 31-13 victory, an edge over the Panthers in the divisional standings, and an improved 10-3 record.
This is the south, and the game was at home inside the Dome. So, no blizzards or frigid temperatures impacted this game.
New Orleans had a short week to prepare for the game against a divisional rival after a disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, but the Saints dominated the Panthers.
Drew Brees completed 30 out of 42 passes for 313 yards and four TDs–two each to WR Marques Colston and TE Jimmy Graham. Colston was the Saints’ leading receiver with 125 yards and two TDs on 6-yards and 15-yards receptions, respectively. Graham had six receptions for 58 yards and two TDs of 5-yards and 8-yard passes from Brees.
Brees also added to accolades to his NFL resume. Brees is now one of only five players to pass for over 50,000 yards in an NFL career. Brees joins Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and John Elway in the 50k club. After Sunday night’s game, Brees has 50,026 yards.
Carolina QB completed 22 of 34 passes for 160 yards and a TD, a fourth quarter 17-yard TD to WR Steve Smith. Newton was sacked by the Saints defense five times.
The Saints remain undefeated at home this season. They travel to St. Louis next week for a Sunday afternoon game against the Rams.