The Panthers continue their trend of finding ways to beat themselves, this time coming ever so close yet again. QB Cam Newton spotted the Saints with a 7 point lead with an INT on his first pass, setting up Drew Brees with a quick TD. Yet the defense and Newton played inspired ball and they chipped their way back into this game, taking the lead in the 4th quarter. Yet this time needing the defense to step up they could not hold back Drew Brees and the Saints offense. I know a lot of this loss will be heaped on Newton or maybe the FG right before the half, but the defense just couldn't make a play down the stretch after having 90 yards to work with.
Here's some quick hits with more analysis to come:
- RB DeAngelo Williams broke out in a big way with 9 carries for 115 yards bolstered by a 69 TD jaunt on an option play from Newton.
- QB Cam Newton finished 14 for 124 for 190 yards 2 TDs and a INT. He also ran for 27 yards and a TD. The INT was a killer though
- WR Steve Smith only had two catches but the first one was epic, a 54 yard TD where he went over the DB and snatched the ball way and went untouched from there
- DE Greg Hardy had a key sack and made his presence known all game
This is now a Post Game Open Thread!