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Saints 27, Panthers 35: Saints Drop Second Straight in Similar Fashion

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The Saints played poorly for the second straight week, losing to the Carolina Panthers 35-27 in a game that looked eerily similar to last weeks loss.

Drew Brees and the offense got off to a good start, despite a pick six interception by Brees, taking a 10-7 lead into the second quarter. But it all came undone after two potential touchdown passes were dropped by Lance Moore and Jimmy Graham at the goal line. The Panthers would go on to score 21 unanswered points, never looking back. The excellent play of Pierre Thomas (143 total yards) and Darren Sproles (128 rec.) were the only bright spots for the Saints on offense.

Unfortunately, there were no such positives to take away from the Saints defense. They were out of position and abused all day, giving up a total of 463 yards including 219 on the ground. A pass rush was virtually non-existent, with the only sack of the day coming from Cam Jordan early in the game.

Like last week however, the Saints still managed to put themselves in position to tie the game late, until a Drew Brees interception put the nail in the coffin.

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Team Stats

NO CAR
First Downs 27 23
Total Yards 486 463
Passing Yards 323 244
Rushing Yards 163 219
Penalties (Yds) 2(23) 4(34)
Turnovers 2 1
Punts (AVG) 3(38) 5(36)
Time of Pos. 30:24 29:14

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 31/49 325 1 2
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 9 110 0 48
M. Ingram 16 53 1 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sproles 13 128 0 25
J. Graham 7 71 1 17
P. Thomas 4 33 0 12
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
C. Newton 14/20 253 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
C. Newton 13 71 1 40
D. Williams 14 69 1 27
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. LaFell 6 90 0 27
S. Smith 3 104 0 66
M. Tolbert 2 23 0 20