Panthers Get Big Win Against the Brees-less Saints

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  1. LtJustice

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    The Carolina Panthers came in to the 2014 season hoping this will be their year to finally get over the hump. After back to back 9-7 seasons, where they were narrowly shut out of the playoffs, Carolina management has made it clear that it expects no less than a playoff berth this season. With the division rival New Orleans Saints coming to town in week 1, the Panthers had not only that, but revenge on their minds. The Saints knocked the Panthers out of the playoffs with a week 17 victory in the 2012 season, after running away with the NFC South division title with an impressive winning streak to close out the season. The Panthers did get a bit of revenge, and took a good first step to achieve their ultimate goals this season, as they defeated the Saints 31-10 at Bank of America Stadium.

    Despite the retirement of superstar quarterback Drew Brees, the Panthers knew this Saints team was still a very formidable opponent. The Panthers also knew that if they played to their abilities as one of the top passing defenses in the league, they would be able to frustrate 2nd year quarterback Daniel Zagzebski and force him into mistakes. The Panthers defense did just that, as their swarming front 7 sacked the sophomore QB twice and pressured him constantly throughout the game. Carolina would capitalize on the pressure as they intercepted Zagzebski twice and knocked down another 5 passes on the day.

    Contrary to what the box score would seem to indicate, this game was really a defensive battle. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held to just 73 yards passing on the day, and his lone touchdown came on the last play of the first quarter. The 37 yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen would give the Panthers an early lead that their defense would never relinquish.

    The Panthers would add to their lead on the opening possession of the 2nd half, as fullback Mike Tolbert took a 3rd and 1 handoff right up the gut and burst through the defense for a 58 yard touchdown run. Following a New Orleans turnover on the ensuing possession, Panthers newly acquired halfback Elijiah Mitchell would take a handoff and find a lane for a 56 yard touchdown and a 21-0 Panthers lead. Mitchell was claimed off of waivers in the preseason and secured the backup halfback position behind first year starter Taiwan Jones. Despite being a very raw talent, Mitchell possesses the kind of truly elite speed that a defense must respect and game plan for.

    The Saints were able to finally get on the board early in the fourth quarter, as Hartley would knock in a 34 yard field goal. Then, despite being bottled up most of the day, Taiwan Jones would get in on the act with a big rushing score of his own. On the first play of their next possession, Jones would take a Newton handoff and jet 78 yards for the touchdown and a 28-3 Panther lead.

    The Panthers would add a field goal, to increase their lead to 31-3, with just minutes to play. The Saints would finally find the endzone late in the 4th, as Zagzebski would connect with rookie halfback Manasee James for a 70 yard touchdown pass.

    The Panthers next travel to Philadelphia to take on coach Loren and the always dangerous Eagles.
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  2. PepperNY

    PepperNY Fear the Spear

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    Gg Jim, going to be a long season in New Orleans without Brees
     
  3. hoodiii

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    Pepper thanks for road testing the experiment of making your starter a 2nd stringer during the season sim. I came very close to doing the same thing.
     
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  4. PepperNY

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    hah, certainly wasnt my intention. Lesson learned
     
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