The New Orleans Saints came into this game at 5-7 trying to find an answer after going 0-3 the last three weeks. The Panthers, who were at 1-11 gave the Saints every reason to get back on track, which is... sort of what they did?
The Saints found a way Sunday in the Superdome defeating the Carolina Panthers 28-6 in what was a very dull game to watch at times. Both teams struggled to find offense specifically in the passing game. QB’s Derek Carr and Bryce Young accumulated just 256 yards through the air combined. One of, if not the lowest marks we’ve seen this year. However, both teams were pretty effective on the ground, especially Carolina who tallied up 204 yards on the day on 39 attempts. All this would be for nothing though as the Panthers failed to get in the endzone, as the Saints defense came up with some huge goal line stuff’s.
QBs Derek Carr and Bryce Young combined for 70 passing yards in the first half as Saints lead Panthers 14-3.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) December 10, 2023
One of the biggest plays in this one that gave the Saints some momentum early was a blocked punt that was later called a forced fumble by LB Nephi Sewell. This play would result in six points as his follow LB D’Marco Jackson scooped it up for a score to put the Saints up 14-3. The Saints defense was able to hold the Panthers for the rest of the game as they were playing tight coverage for most of the day and were able to get to the QB four times.
The most exciting moments in this game came from QB Derek Carr and Saints legend Jimmy Graham. The two connected on a third-and-nine with a high seam ball where only Graham could get it. Very, very nostalgic. They would then connect on a four yard TD the very next drive. Jimmy Graham now has 4 catches on the year with 3 touchdowns. What should that tell you? PLAY HIM MORE!!!
With Tampa beating Atlanta yesterday, the Saints win puts them in a three-way tie in the NFC South with Atlanta and Tampa ahead via tie-breaker rules. The Saints can control their own destiny here on out if they can find a way to win out but they will most definitely have to beat the Falcons and the Bucs to win this division. Today wasn’t good by any means but hopefully getting some players back soon will help them at least stay afloat until the end of the year.