Saints fall to Panthers 41-10
NEW ORLEANS - At 5-7 and with little-to-no margin for error to make the playoffs, the New Orleans Saints squared off against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome Sunday afternoon.
With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Saints started off painfully slow.
The Panthers marched 80 yards in 7 plays on their opening drive, capped off by a 9 yard touchdown catch by Kelvin Benjamin from Cam Newton, to take a 7-0 lead.
Mark Ingram promptly fumbled on the Saints opening possession, giving the Panthers great field position for their second drive.
Graham Gano kicked a 37 yard field goal to give the Panthers a 10-0 lead just past the 10 minute mark of the 1st quarter.
On the Saints next offensive play, Drew Brees threw an interception to Bene Benwikere, giving the Panthers their 3rd possession before the 9 minute mark of the 1st quarter.
Once again, the Panthers capitalized, as Cam Newton dove into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown. That score was followed by a brawl that spilled into the back of the end zone, and Brandon Williams ejected from the game for Carolina.
The Saints finally got on the board in the 2nd quarter, as Shayne Graham kicked a 37 yard field goal to make the score 17-3, but a failed 42 yard attempt on the next possession drew boos from the crowd.
The Panthers added to their lead late in the 2nd quarter as Newton connected with Greg Olsen for a 16 yard touchdown to make the score 24-3.
In the second half, it was more of the same. On Carolina's first play from scrimmage, Jonathan Stewart ran 69 yards for the score. That put The Panthers up 31-3.
Fozzy Whittaker added to the lead by catching a 26 yard touchdown pass from Newton with 5:13 left in the 3rd. That catch capped a 9 play, 86 yard drive and put the panthers up 38-3.
The Pathers added a field goal 50 seconds into the 4th to go up 41-3.
the Sants finally found the end zone with 5:29 left in the game. Benjamin Watson caught a touchdown pass from Brees to make the score 41-10.