Panthers vs. Saints: New Orleans Grades, Notes and Quotes

December 7, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New Orleans Saints took the unbeaten Carolina Panthers to the wire Sunday afternoon, but coach Sean Payton's club eventually fell, 41-38, in an NFC South divisional clash.
New Orleans (4-8) dropped its fourth consecutive game and its second straight at home, and it now enters the final quarter of the season in last place in the NFC South.
Meanwhile, Carolina (12-0) has clinched its third straight divisional title with a month left to play, and the Panthers remain the NFL’s only undefeated team.
The Saints got on the board first, as Drew Brees hit tight end Benjamin Watson for a 14-yard touchdown pass off play action. The first-quarter scoring play marked the Saints’ first trip to the end zone in seven quarters, and it appeared to light a fire under coordinator Dennis Allen’s defense.
New Orleans forced turnovers on two of the Panthers’ next three offensive snaps, and Carolina turned it over on three of its next four possessions.

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