Brees leads Saints past slumping Panthers, 41-38

On Sunday, the former Auburn star returned to the field and led Carolina back from a 21-point first-half deficit and a 14-point hole in the fourth quarter against New Orleans.

The Saints 2016 season has new life.

Sunday in New Orleans, Will Lutz's 52-yard field goal for the Saints with 11 seconds left resulted in a 41-38 loss for Carolina.

Brees threw for 400 yards or more in a game for the 15th time, breaking the tie he had with Peyton Manning for most 400 plus yard passing games in National Football League history. The Saints needed every bit of Brees' 465 yards for their second straight win. He then ran 2 yards to bring the Panthers within 38-36 with 2:58 remaining before connecting with Devin Funchess on a tying 2-point conversion.

Corner a Panthers fan today and press them about their team, and they'll likely react not dissimilarly to Cam Newton in his postgame press conference. Brees spread the scores to four different players (Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, Coby Fleener, Josh Hill), fair man that he is.

Panthers rookie cornerback Daryl Worley left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion.

Vaccaro, in particular, has come free repeatedly as a blitzer the past two games, piling up four of his five hits to rank third on the team behind the Saints' front-line pass rushing duo of Cam Jordan and Nick Fairley, who've combined for six sacks and 19 hits this season.

The Situation: The Panthers faced 4th-and-4 and could either go for it, or attempt a 47-yard field goal to cut the Saints lead to 11. His entire post game news conference lasted then than two minutes.

Brock Osweiler threw a 36-yard pass to Jaelen Strong to get Houston to the 12-yard line and Novak's field goal came two plays later.

First Down: I rolled my eyes when Quarterback Drew Brees said the Saints were an "ascending" team a few weeks ago, before the team beat the San Diego Chargers. "We're kind of showing up late to the party", center Ryan Kalil said.

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. On a drive that began at their 25, they'd used eight plays and an encroachment penalty to move 65 yards and prepare to dig into the Saints' lead.

"I'm just doing what I'm asked to do". However, it wasn't just the offense that played well in the first half; the Saints defense held Carolina to only 192 yards and 10 points. This was the first career game victor for Lutz, who has been highly touted by Sean Payton, but who missed a 61-yard potential go-ahead FG against Oakland in week one. "We're going to work our butts off this week and the rest of the season to try to get some wins". Ellerbe played in only 6 games all of last year, and has not played in a single game for the Saints this year. The Panthers now head into their bye week, before returning to action on October 30 against Arizona Cardinals.

Brees' first two touchdown passes took advantage of the Panthers' young secondary.

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