New Orleans Saints nip Carolina Panthers, 41-38; Drew Brees passes for 465 yards

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The New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers, 41-38 in a wild high-scoring affair on Sunday to add to the struggles of Cam Newton’s team, which made the Super Bowl last season. Drew Brees won the shootout against his counterpart under center passing for 465 passing yards with four touchdowns.

Newton had 322 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Panthers’ defense was missing all night against New Orleans.

But Brees played better under center and recorded his 15th career 400-yard game, now the most number of such records in the NFL regular season history, according to ESPN.

Both teams are struggling this season with the Panthers dropping to 1-5 for the year and 0-3 on the road while the Saints got their first home victory of the season to improve to 2-3 overall.

The win allowed the Saints to tie the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for second place in the NFC South, one and a half game behind division leaders Atlanta Falcons (4-2). The Panthers have the worst record in the division and could be out of the playoff contention if they don’t start winning in the next few weeks.

Brandin Cooks had 173 receiving yards on 7 receptions and Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener played well too, with 78 receiving yards on five catches and 74 receiving yards on six catches, respectively.

The Saints raced to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and 24-10 lead at halftime. The Panthers rallied in the fourth by outscoring New Orleans, 21-10 in the final quarter but came up short.

Will Lutz made the game-winning field goal 52 yards out with 11 seconds left.

Photo courtesy: Erik Drost/Wikimedia

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