Saints overcome stagnant offense as mistakes doom Panthers in crippling loss

Saints overcome stagnant offense as mistakes doom Panthers in crippling loss

Saints overcome stagnant offense as mistakes doom Panthers in crippling loss

Drew Brees and his offense didn't have the most explosive outing Monday against the Panthers, but it was still a significant win for the quarterback and coach Sean Payton.

Carolina was held to 247 yards and 13 first downs. Newton has reportedly been hampered by a shoulder issue for much of the season, and it looked like it as he struggled to throw the ball downfield on Carolina's final drive.

McCaffrey also showed off his arm with a 50-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Manhertz in the first quarter.

Wil Lutz was true with the boot from 46 and 24 yards as the Saints went into the half 7-6 down. The Saints, with 11 wins already, were playing to build their lead in the NFC after the Los Angeles Rams lost to Philly on Sunday night.

However, the Panthers would end up losing the game to the Saints. With 1:44 remaining, Carolina took over at their own 20-yard line and just seven plays later came the incompletion to Thomas which put the playoff chances of the Panthers on life support.

Newton only attempted one pass of more than 15 yards in Monday's game and racked up a measly 131 passing yards along with an interception.

For the Panthers, it's the sixth straight loss after a promising 6-2 start that has collapsed in disappointment.

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