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.

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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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