Fans were wondering how the loss at Seattle would affect the Saints players and coaches. New Orleans responded in a positive way crushing the Panthers in all phases of the game.
Quarterback Drew Brees completed 30 of 42 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns.
Marques Colston hauled in 13 catches for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns.... tight end Jimmy Graham snagged 11 passes for 58 yards and two TDs.
Brees would become only the 5th player in NFL history to surpass 50-thousand yards passing.
Brett Favre leads the elite pack with 71,838 yards. Brees said he think about that milestone at a later date. Winning games is what's on his mind.
Brees said,"It was important to bounce back, obviously because it was a tough loss at Seattle. It was a short week and we got back late Tuesday so we had to modify our week pretty drastically just to get ourselves physically and mentally prepared to play this game and play extremely well. Carolina was as hot a team there was in the NFL."
While the Saints had no problem with the Panthers defense, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had severe problems facing the New Orleans defense. Junior Gallette had 3 sacks and Cam Jordan took down Newton twice... in a dominating defensive performance.
Head coach Sean Payton said,"I think number one, we have a good rotation going. It is hard to play 60 snaps in there. Cam (Jordan) and our starters are in good shape but we really believe in getting a rotation and I said this last evening, those are earned sacks when you get a guy like Cam Newton, he is a gifted player, but he is a strong sack. If you can get a hand on him you can kind of arm tackle his waist or his leg, along with (him) being elusive. I thought we contained him really well. I thought he held on to the ball at times, struggled with his progressions, and forced some throws. I think that is a credit to how the guys up front played."
The Saints travel to St. Louis on Sunday, face Carolina on December 22 and close out regular season play in New Orleans hosting Tampa Bay on December 29.
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