New Orleans Saints Survive Upset Scare Against the Carolina Panthers
The New Orleans Saints were in for a surprise on Sunday afternoon at home against the Carolina Panthers. Carolina gave New Orleans fits on both sides of the ball. Although the Panthers had a chance to take a 34-31 lead with 1:56 remaining in regulation, however, Joey Slye missed a 31-yard field goal.
It appeared as if the miss wasn’t going to stand because of a potential illegal jump on the defense, but there was no illegal jump. Thus with 1:56 remaining in regulation, Drew Brees marched the Saints down the field. Will Lutz made the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired and New Orleans took down the Panthers by a score of 34-31.
This could have been a bad loss for New Orleans, but they are still in good shape for the number one seed in the NFC.
As for Carolina, their playoff chances are potentially dashed for the 2019 season. They have not been there since the 2017 season.
The New Orleans Saints jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a Latavius Murray 26-yard touchdown run and a Drew Brees 13-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith.
Murray rushed for 64 yards on seven carries and a touchdown.
Smith’s touchdown reception was his only reception in the game.
Later in the first quarter. Kyle Allen threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Moore (missed extra-point). Moore caught six passes for 126 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He also rushed for eight yards on one carry.
With Carolina trailing 17-9 with three seconds remaining in the first half, Kyle Allen threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey (missed two-point conversion).
Drew Brees threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook in the third quarter for New Orleans. Cook caught six passes for 99 yards receiving and a touchdown.
With the New Orleans Saints leading 24-18 later in the third quarter, Drew Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas (extra point, Thomas could of had the 2-point conversion, but he was called for pass interference).
Thomas caught 10 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Brees completed 30-of-39 passes for 311 yards three touchdowns and one interception.
Alvin Kamara was also a key component in this game for New Orleans’s offense with 54 yards rushing on 11 carries and also nine receptions for 48 yards receiving.
Christian McCaffrey scored on a 4-yard touchdown run later in the third-quarter (missed extra-point). McCaffrey finished with 64 yards rushing on 22 carries and a score. He also caught nine passes for 69 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Carolina tied the game at 31 with 9:23 remaining in regulation on a 2-yard touchdown pass by Kyle Allen to D.J. Moore. Thus Allen completed 23-of-36 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for nine yards on one carry.
With 6:44 remaining in regulation, the Carolina Panthers stopped the New Orleans Saints on a fourth-down play and the rest was history.
New Orleans will have a chance to clinch the NFC South in a couple of weeks.
Carolina (5-6) will host the Washington Redskins (2-9) next Sunday.
The Saints (9-2) will be on the road on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons (3-8) on Thanksgiving.
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