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Saints Come Back to Down Panthers 30-20

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Saintsational asked me to post something as he's currently somewhere on Bourbon Street partaking in some 8-0 celebration. He was able to witness in person yet another thrilling Saints win, this time over the Panthers in New Orleans, 30-20.

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Jake Delhomme can no longer claim an undefeated record in the Superdome, but for a while it didn't look good. The Panthers went up 7-0 on the second play of the game thanks to a DeAngelo Williams 66 yard breakaway run. A few moments later, a Drew Brees fumble deep in Saints' territory set up another 7 yard TD run by Williams. By halftime it was 17-6 Panthers, with the Saints' offense struggling and Drew Brees and Marques Colston both having especially bad halves.

The Saints scored on the first drive of the second half to narrow the score to 17-13, before the Panthers responded with a drive just short of 10 minutes. The Saints managed to get a big stop inside their 5 to force the Panthers into settling into a 20-13 lead. On the last play of the 3rd quarter, Brees hit Robert Meachem for a 54 yard score to level things at 20. A 40 yard John Carney field goal with under 5 minutes left gave the Saints a 23-20 lead and Anthony Hargrove iced things with the Saints' seventh defensive touchdown of the season on a 1 yard fumble return. It wasn't pretty, but we will take it. Carolina has been the Saints' kryptonite for years, especially in the Superdome. It's now official, Jake Delhomme has lost to the Saints in Louisiana. Scratch that off the Saints' 2009 to do list. At 8-0 the Saints are now off to their best start in team history.