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Saints vs. Panthers Sunday Night Football Recap: Brees, Colston, and Graham Shine in 31-13 Win

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The Saints quickly got over their embarrassing loss to the Seahawks last week and steamrolled the division rival Panthers 31-13 on Sunday Night Football. Where was this Saints team last week?

Chris Graythen

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees on reaching 50,000 yards: I love this offense, love what Sean Payton has put together.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/409904263188324355">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees: We wanted to get our swagger back.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/409903973135421440">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Colston on Brees: That man works like I&#39;ve never seen. He deserves every bit of success he gets.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/409904440393469952">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints help <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NFL&amp;src=hash">#NFL</a> set single-day record for TDs: <a href="http://t.co/kuapM9Rggm">http://t.co/kuapM9Rggm</a></p>&mdash; AP NFL (@AP_NFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP_NFL/statuses/409906882468249600">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Big win for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>. But they fell short of crowd noise record. Highest they reached was apparently 122.6. Were aiming for 126.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/409909807760424960">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In 2010, Jr talked like it was 2013. He said he was going to be a beast on the field! God has granted… <a href="http://t.co/PBplVfZXiS">http://t.co/PBplVfZXiS</a></p>&mdash; Danny Clark (@WEareDANNYCLARK) <a href="https://twitter.com/WEareDANNYCLARK/statuses/409909025980317696">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Superdome, where visiting team winning streaks come to die. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a></p>&mdash; Nola Chick (@chicksndahuddle) <a href="https://twitter.com/chicksndahuddle/statuses/409904374651969536">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFC updated seedings:&#10;1 Seattle 11-2&#10;2 NO 10-3&#10;3 Philly 8-5&#10;4 Detroit 7-6&#10;5 Carolina 9-4 (beat 49ers)&#10;6 SF 9-4&#10;7 Az 8-5&#10;8 Dallas 7-5</p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/statuses/409903097301843968">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s been good fellas but this one belongs to us .... God bless and goodnight</p>&mdash; MikeMcKenzie34ways (@MikeMcKenzie34w) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeMcKenzie34w/statuses/409903074056994816">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> WIN! Saints beat the Panthers 31-13 to improve to 10-3 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CARvsNO&amp;src=hash">#CARvsNO</a> <a href="http://t.co/jCmHujbarE">pic.twitter.com/jCmHujbarE</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/409902976560427008">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Best fans hands down. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23superdome&amp;src=hash">#superdome</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23neworleans&amp;src=hash">#neworleans</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nola&amp;src=hash">#nola</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodatnaiton&amp;src=hash">#whodatnaiton</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="https://t.co/T3UvqPKzq8">https://t.co/T3UvqPKzq8</a></p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan (@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/statuses/409902391287635968">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sproles just shoved a dude twice his size like he was a small child.</p>&mdash; ▓▓▓▓▓▒▒▒▒░░░░ (@superdeformed) <a href="https://twitter.com/superdeformed/statuses/409900799922147329">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Is there a reason why Drew is still in the game and we are passing??</p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/409900612147376130">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Junior Galette&#39;s third sack of the game. Galette and Jordan are definitely a major force in the NFL.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/409898467616518144">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PHOTOS: <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a> at tonight&#39;s game: <a href="http://t.co/0YzJi5qU5w">http://t.co/0YzJi5qU5w</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CARvsNO&amp;src=hash">#CARvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/409897488837910529">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I just thought about it .... I owe Steve smith a good ass whipping <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%2334ways&amp;src=hash">#34ways</a></p>&mdash; MikeMcKenzie34ways (@MikeMcKenzie34w) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeMcKenzie34w/statuses/409896712762036225">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; QB Drew Brees just reached 50,000 passing yards! Brees is the 5th QB to rack up 50K. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CARvsNO&amp;src=hash">#CARvsNO</a> <a href="http://t.co/GXJsQx3flO">pic.twitter.com/GXJsQx3flO</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/statuses/409896090893176833">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Should put this out there once more: Carolina was allowing 13 ppg coming into tonight. Saints have 31 points.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/409895679222226944">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No idea about the Guinness record, folks. They haven&#39;t said anything to us in press box about it. And with stands beginning to empty...</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/409895940049231872">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to my <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Classmate&amp;src=hash">#Classmate</a> Drew Brees. I always knew he was great!</p>&mdash; Mike Vick (@MikeVick) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeVick/statuses/409894936637485056">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees has surpassed 50,000 passing yds for his career, becoming just the 5th QB in <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> history to reach that mark <a href="http://t.co/xIPi8o5h0J">pic.twitter.com/xIPi8o5h0J</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/409894722065289216">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PHOTOS: Saints vs Panthers -&gt; <a href="http://t.co/0dInPIaRiQ">http://t.co/0dInPIaRiQ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CARvsNO&amp;src=hash">#CARvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/409905811213647873">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Anything can happen playoffs as GB,NY, and Baltimore have shown but hard to imagine anyone beating Seattle or New Orleans at their place!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/409907730736877568">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I love FOOTBALL!!!!</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/409907396233134081">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: We wanted to throw it early and often... I thought we got into a little bit of a rhythm.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/409908211433488384">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints Defeat Panthers 31-13

Sean Payton talks about 31-13 win over the Panthers
Quotes from Coach Payton's postgame press conference

New Orleans Saints postgame quotes
Saints players talk about 31-13 win over Panthers

John DeShazier: Saints turn in vintage prime-time performance against Panthers
Offense, defense click as Saints improve to 10-3, take over first place in NFC South

Saints Nation: Saints Bounce Back and Trash Panthers 31-13

Saints dominate Panthers 31-13, take over first place in NFC South
Saints improve to 10-3 with dominating performance

New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers: Notebook
The Saints improve to 10-3

New Orleans Saints rip Carolina Panthers, 31-13, take NFC South lead | NOLA.com
Saints move to 10-3, while Panthers fall to 9-4

Rapid Reaction: New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
NEW ORLEANS – A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints’ 31-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers. What it means: This win was about as bi

Saints game photos vs Carolina Panthers | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

Saints punter commits awful facemask penalty | For The Win
Towards the end of the first quarter of the Saints-Panthers Sunday night football game, Saints punter Thomas Morstead bombed a ball deep to Panthers return man Ted Ginn Jr., who broke a few tackles and was running clear along the sideline.

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The View From the Other Side

Panthers trying to put loss behind them quickly | ProFootballTalk
It’s been a while since the Panthers had lost a game. Now they have to remember how to respond to one. The Panthers fell flat in New Orleans last night, losing 31-13 to kill an eight-game winning streak. "It stinks," Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross said, via David Newton of ESPN.com.

Defense can't cool Brees, Saints
In the estimation of Rivera and his players, Sunday's stumbles came down to execution – a lack of it on the Panthers side and a wealth of it on the Saints side.

NEW ORLEANS: Panthers silenced by Saints in Round 1 - Football Wires - MiamiHerald.com
NEW ORLEANS _ Advantage, New Orleans.

Carolina Panthers postgame quotes
Coach Ron Rivera met with the media after Sunday's 31-13 loss

New Orleans Saints expose Carolina Panthers’ weaknesses | CharlotteObserver.com
The Panthers’ defense couldn’t get to Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and that was the difference in Sunday’s 31-13 loss in New Orleans.

Tom Talks: Tell me you saw this coming | CharlotteObserver.com
Panthers couldn’t sustain drives or stop the dominant Saints

New Orleans Saints carve up Carolina Panthers, 31-13, in Superdome | CharlotteObserver.com
Advantage, New Orleans. Saints quarterback Drew Brees bounced back from a rough outing last week to carve up the Carolina Panthers' secondary Sunday, passing for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 31-13 win before a raucous crowd of 73,000-plus at the Superdome.

Poll: Will the Carolina Panthers win the rematch with the New Orleans Saints? | CharlotteObserver.com
The Carolina Panthers took a 31-13 loss Sunday night at New Orleans. But the Saints are coming to Charlotte in two weeks for a rematch. Who wins next time?

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Drew Brees Reaches Career 50,000 Yard Mark in Record 183 Games

Sunday night wrap-up: Brees joins select company | ProFootballTalk
Brees also became the fifth quarterback to top the 50,000-yard plateau with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, joining Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and John Elway. While Manning was the previous fastest to that mark, needing 191 games, Brees just did it in his 183rd.

Drew Brees joins exclusive 50,000-yard club
New Orleans Saints quarterback one of five players to achieve milestone

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Tom Dempsey's 63-yard Field Goal Record Falls

Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey sees record for longest field goal fall | NOLA.com
Broncos' Matt Prater boots 64-yarder in Denver to claim league record

Matt Prater of Denver Broncos sets NFL mark with 64-yard field goal - ESPN
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set a new NFL record Sunday when he hit a 64-yard field goal to close out the first half. Praters kick broke the NFL record of 63 yards, held by Tom Dempsey (1970), former Broncos kicker Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Jani

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Around the NFL

Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Recap - December 08, 2013 - ESPN
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Detroit vs. Philadelphia game played on December 08, 2013

Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens - Recap - December 08, 2013 - ESPN
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Minnesota vs. Baltimore game played on December 08, 2013

Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots - Recap - December 08, 2013 - ESPN
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Cleveland vs. New England game played on December 08, 2013

Adrian Peterson rips Baltimore Ravens fans, refs following Minnesota Vikings' loss - ESPN
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was carted to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury early in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Replay could be heading to central location, eventually | ProFootballTalk
With the NFL's officiating function under siege, a key change could be looming. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Competition Committee's annual offseason discussions regarding officiating have in recent years included a conversation about removing the instant replay functi...

49ers beat Seahawks in NFC West grudge match | ProFootballTalk
For the last week, the entire NFL world has hailed the Seattle Seahawks as the best team in football. Today the San Francisco 49ers reminded everyone that there's still a whole lot of football to play.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "This was an important win"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday, December 8, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees: "honored to play with these guys"
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after the team's game vs the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, December 8, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

David vs. Goliath - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles gets into a scuffle with Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

Drew Brees leads Saints in pregame chant vs Panthers - Video | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads his team in his pregame chant before the start of their game against the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome December 8, 2013.

Darren Sproles leads Saints fans in Who Dat chant - Video | NOLA.com
Saints running back Darren Sproles leads Saints fans in the 'Who Dat' chant before the start of their game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome December 8, 2013.