Second Half Meltdown Sends Panthers to 44-38 Victory Over Saints

Where there's smoke, there's fire. The Saints 2012 season went down in second half flames today. - Chris Graythen

Working in tandem with one of the most profanely impactful game-changing replay review calls, the Saints combined with the officials to turn a 24-13 lead into a 44-38 loss to close out the 2012 season.

As the 2012 season and year mercifully draw to a close, the New Orleans Saints, with an assist from a travesty of a replay review from the refs in the third quarter, somehow turned a 24-13 game into a 41-24 laugher (or slaughter, if you're violently-inclined), and the Carolina Panthers finished strong to win, 44-38.

Some records were set and tied along the way, both good and bad, but I'll let someone else write about that.

It was a very crappy way to end the year, and I'll just do my best to get out of the way and let our comments on this pitiful end to a pitiful season pave the way for a better and brighter 2013 for us all.

Thanks to everyone here @ CSC for a sometimes fun year, and always for bringing your "A" game. Time to retool for Payton's return.

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Team Stats


CAR
NO
First Downs 28
22
Total Yards 530
441
Passing Yards 257
378
Rushing Yards 273
63
Penalties (Yds) 4(36)
5(55)
Turnovers 1
1
Punts (AVG) 2(41)
6(30)
Time of Pos. 33:17
26:05

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 29/43 396 4 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 10 39 0 17
C. Ivory 4 22 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Colston 5 52 2 18
J. Graham 9 115 1 27
L. Moore 4 121 0 51

CAROLINA PANTHERS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
C. Newton 16/33 248 0 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Williams 21 210 2 65
C. Newton 7 34 0 16
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. LaFell 5 62 0 19
G. Olsen 4 43 0 16
D. Williams 1 3 0 3
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