2007 Redux: Panthers 14, Saints 13

More heartbreak at home for New Orleans fans. During the real season this game was very disappointing, Mare missing field goals and the Panthers making last second ones. The 2007 redux version is no better. If I knew it was gonna go as poorly as the real season, I wouldn't have put us all through this misery yet again.

Trying to regroup after the bye, the Saints are on the wrong end of yet another tight, low scoring loss. Even worse, a divisional opponent. This offense is just not the powerhouse that everyone was expecting. Fortunately, our defense has been playing great and keeping us in these games.

I kept Deuce on the roster because at the time I did this, the vote tally was in favor of keeping him. Sorry to the majority of you who wanted otherwise, but he did have the Saints only TD on the day. Drew Brees, as in the beginning of the real season, is disappointing to say the least. A paltry 102 yards? He also now has 5 interceptions in the last two games. I still can't believe how similar these seasons are turning out to be. Steve Smith did his best Joey Galloway impression and had a ridiculous 12 catches for 146 yards while David Carr completed 22/32, though he also through 2 interceptions. The Saints defense forced three turnovers but the offense couldn't do much with their opportunities. Colston led all receivers with 44 yards. McKenzie was all over the field with 10 tackles and Will Smith notched a sack. Unlike the real game, Mare actually went 2/2 and played well.

This now drops the Saints to a dismal 1-4 and in the NFC South basement. Ironically enough, Atlanta is looking very good, thanks to their law-abiding, poster child quarterback Michael Vick. The good news is that technically we are still better off than we were in the real season. Next up is Seattle and hopefully, like the real 2007 season, this is where we start to turn it around. Aaron Stecker sprained his ankle and will be out for 2 weeks.

 

Scoring Summary

1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Panthers 0 7 7 0 - 14
Saints 0 10 3 0 - 13

 

Game Stats

   Stat

Saints Panthers
Score 13 14
Total Offense 188 372
Rushing Yards 88 139
Passing Yards 100 233
First Downs 12 22
PR Yards 35 13
KR Yards 44 55
Possession 23:22 36:38
Turnovers 2 3
3rd Down Conv. 5/12 7/15
Red Zone Offense 66% 100%
Penalty Yards 84

74

 

Division Standings

Team W L T Pct. PF PA
Atlanta
4 1 0 .800 147 108
Tampa Bay
2 3 0 .400 75 110
Carolina 2 3 0 .400 85 106
New Orleans 1 3 0 .250 59 66

 

Passing

Player Yards Comp. Att. Pct. TD Int.
Drew Brees 102 11 23 47.8% 0 2

 

Rushing

Player Yards Attempts Avg. TD Fumble
Deuce McAllister 77 22 3.5 1 0
Reggie Bush 9 2 4.5 0 0

 

Receiving

Player Rec. Yards Long TD
Reggie Bush 2 26 24 0
Marques Colston 3 44 32 0
Eric Johnson
4 25 9 0
David Patten
1 4 4 0
Devery Henderson
1 3 3 0

 

Defense

Player Tackles Sacks Int.
Mike McKenzie
10 0 0
Will Smith
6 1 0
Hollis Thomas
5 0 0
Scott Fujita
5 0 0
Charles Grant
3 0 0
Roman Harper
3 0 0
Josh Bullocks
3 0 0

 

Kicking

Player Att. Comp. Long
Olindo Mare 2 2 35

 

 

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