Panthers beat Saints at home in Overtime Thriller

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  1. ncsu12ddr

    ncsu12ddr Walk On

    Aug 5, 2013
    Wow! What a game. That might go down as the game of the season. The Panthers have bested the Saints in New Orleans 30 - 24 in overtime. The Panthers received the opening kickoff and had a quick 3 and out to begin the game. After a great punt return the Saints were able to get the ball into the endzone on a fullback run that would put them up 7 - 0. After another punt Drew Brees threw his first interception of the day to a deep safety on a play action pass. This lead to a Steve Smith touchdown on a great throw from Cam Newton. On the ensuing drive Greg Hardy got a sack fumble that put the Panthers on the Saints 10 yard line. The Panthers were not able to take advantage and had to settle for a field goal. On a drive with little time left in the half the Saints were able to drive down the field, but had to settle for a field goal after an incomplete pass on third down in the red zone. 10 - 10 at the half. In the 3rd quarter both QBs traded interception and nothing else happened of relevance except that the Saints drove down the field and had the ball on the goalline at the end of the quarter. At the beginning of the quarter Mark Ingram walked the ball into the endzone to put the Saints up a touchdown. The Panthers offense however was not about to give up. Cam Newton drove down the field with a purpose and after a beautiful counter run by DeAngelo Williams for 29 yards the game was tied with 4:36 remaining. The Saints were unable to keep their next drive alive and had to punt the ball away. The Panthers took full advantage of this shot at a go-ahead score and drove down the field. With 2:20 to go the Panthers had a 1st down on the Saints 26 yard line and the Saints had just used their first time out. On the next play DeAngelo Williams burst through the left side of the line of scrimmage like the Alien bursting through the chest of its human host and scampered into the end zone to put the Panthers up 24 - 17 with 2:14 remaining. After a huge pass down the seam to Jimmy Graham the Saints put themselves in scoring range with under 2 minutes to play. On a 3rd a 6 from the 8 yard line with 11 seconds to go and no timeouts Drew Brees found Graham across the middle and tied the game up. This game was going into overtime. The Saints won the coin toss and elected to start with the ball. Drew Brees had found his rhythm after throwing a couple interceptions earlier in the game and started ripping though the weak Panthers secondary. From just outside the redzone Brees dumped the ball to Graham in the flats. The play looked to be blown up early for just a few yards, but Graham was able to awkwardly bob his head up and down and break 3 tackles and run the ball to the 12 yard line. After a huge 5 yard loss on a pitch to Mark Ingram the Saints had 2nd down and 15 from the 17. Drew Brees dropped back in the pocket and let the ball lose, and Luke Kuechly picked him off to save the game. The Panthers drove the ball down the field off of big plays from DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, and Brandon Lafell. With 1 minute remaining and the Panthers in a heavy set on the 18 yard line looking to set up a game winning field goal Mike Tolbert found an open hole in the line and ran the ball in for a touchdown.

    Game Ball: Luke Kuechly - not only did he have the game saving interception, but he had the impossible task of holding the Saints run game in check.

    coachmimz20 I really enjoyed this game and can't wait to meet again in week 16.
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    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

    Jun 13, 2010
    Reads like it was a great one. Congrats David. Nice recap. Aren't you glad you stayed up late to play it? ;) #instantclassic
  3. coachmimz20

    coachmimz20 Walk On

    Nov 21, 2010

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