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Panthers 31 Saints 34: Panthers fight hard but come up short against the Saints on the road

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The Panthers fought valiantly, but crucial mistakes doomed them in close loss to the Saints.

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When this game started I fully expected the Panthers to lose, and I thought it would be one of those games where the outcome was all but decided by halftime. But that’s not what happened. The Panthers went into a quick 14-0 hole, but fought back valiantly to keep the game close and never let it get out of reach. They tied the game late in the second half and even had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Joey Slye’s field goal attempt sailed wide and the Saints drove down the field and won on Will Lutz’s 33-yard game winner as time expired.

Kyle Allen played one of the best games of his career today. He was 23 of 36 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. It was arguably the best game of his young career as he improved in areas that have been less-than-stellar for him in games past — he stepped up into the pocket, he threw the deep ball with accuracy and he made sound decisions. I was impressed with his effort today and believe he played well enough to get a win, but football is a cruel sport sometimes.

Joey Slye had his worst game in a Panthers uniform. He missed two extra point attempts and couldn’t hit a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that would have given the Panthers a 34-31 lead and made Will Lutz’s 33-yard attempt a kick to tie the game instead of win it. I feel bad for Slye, but I also have to wonder if the Panthers will bring in a few kickers to work out this week, even if it’s just to send a message to the rookie.

The defense had an up-and-down game, giving up some big plays but also coming away with a few key stops. They couldn’t quite get the job done today, however, and the Saints were able to drive down the field and kick the game-winner as time expired.

The Panthers are now 5-6 and all but eliminated from the playoff race. They have a Week 13 clash with Washington next week where they’ll try to get back to .500 and see what happens. Hopefully they can shake this bitter loss off and be ready to go back at it next Sunday.


Live updates

Final score: Panthers 31 Saints 34

And Kamara is down to the 15-yard line. The Saints will clock it with 0:03 left and Lutz will come out for a 33-yard field goal attempt to win the game, and it’s good. Panthers 31 Saints 34

Kamara takes the screen to the CAR 24 and it’s a chip shot for Will Lutz to win the game. Sigh.

Yikes, Thomas is wide open and gets to the CAR 40 to get into field goal range.

Great open field tackle by Javien Elliott to set up third-and-6.

And it doesn’t matter as they pick up the first down.

Huge third down play for the defense here. They have all their timeouts so they could get the ball back with a stop.

SACK! Brian Burns takes Brees down. There’s a penalty for an illegal shift but it’s declined.

The flag is picked up and the game is still tied. Joey Slye picked a bad day to have a bad day.

And he missed. Good lord. There’s a flag on the play, however.

Two minute warning: Panthers 31 Saints 31

Moton was back in the game for that play, by the way.

And Allen is sacked. Joey Slye will come out to try a 28-yard field goal to give the Panthers the lead.

Huge third-and-goal coming up after Allen throws it away.

Dennis Daley is now in at right tackle, with Greg Little at left tackle.

It’s second-and-goal now, and Taylor Moton had to go off the field. That could be bad.

First-and-goal Panthers!

THEY CALLED PASS INTERFERENCE LOLOLOLOLOL

RON RIVERA IS CHALLENGING THE NON-CALLED PASS INTERFERENCE!

Allen throws incomplete and Joey Slye will try to give the Panthers the lead with a 23-yard field goal attempt.

Another big third-and-3 situation coming up. The Panthers need to score a touchdown, but they can pick up a first down before scoring.

It’s second-and-6 from the NO 8-yard line.

Allen finds Olsen for a huge first down conversion.

The Panthers are in the red zone and face a big third-and-3.

Allen finds Olsen, who breaks a few tackles to pick up 15 more yards to get a first down.

Samuel picks up 10 yards on a sweep on first-and-15 to set up second-and-5.

THE DEFENSE HOLDS! There is a flag on the play for holding, and the penalty is obviously declined. The Saints turn it over on downs.

The Saints are going for it.

It’s fourth-and-inches after Taysom Hill is taken down just short of the first down.

It’s now third-and-1 after it was first-and-25. Huge play for the defense here.

The Saints get most of the yards back by finding an open Jared Cook. Sigh.

And it’s followed by a false start to make it first-and-25.

The Panthers almost get to Brees for the sack, but they did force a holding penalty to make it first-and-20.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Allen finds Moore in the back of the end zone but there’s a flag on the play. It’s against the Saints for holding so the play stands! The extra point is good and the game is tied! Panthers 31 Saints 31

ALL ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT!

It’s fourth-and-goal after CMC can’t punch it in.

It’s third-and-goal after Alex Armah fails to punch it in.

It’s second-and-goal after a throwaway by Allen.

Allen throws a dime to the end zone and the Saints pick it off, but they committed pass interference to do it so the Panthers now have it first-and-goal at the 1-yard line.

Samuel carries it on the jet sweep to the 30-yard line for a first down.

INTERCEPTION: Tre Boston picks off Brees and the Panthers have the ball at midfield!

A false start on “everybody but the center” makes it third-and-15.

Huge third-and-10 for the defense here. Let’s see what happens.

But they do. Sigh.

It’s quickly third-and-10. The Panthers can’t afford to go three-and-out here.

The punt lands in the end zone for a touchback.

The defense holds after Ginn drops a perfect throw from Brees. It’s fourth down.

Big third-and-8 for the Panthers defense here.

End of third quarter: Panthers 24 Saints 31

Eric Reid is back in the game after hurting his ankle earlier in the third quarter.

Greg Little is limping off the field after the play.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: CMC weaves his way through the defense to score the touchdown. The extra point is no good. Panthers 24 Saints 31

Allen finds Moore to set up first-and-goal.

Big third down coming up at the NO 12-yard line.

Allen hits Moore for a huge 52-yard gain, but there’s a flag on the play. It’s against the Saints so the play stands.

It’s starting to get a little chippy out there, as divisional games are wont to do.

Surprisingly no one was ejected and the penalties offset. Gaulden will likely get a fine for his part in the scuffle, though.

DeAndrew White returns the kickoff to the 29-yard line and the players are fighting. Rashaan Gaulden shoved the official and will probably be ejected for it.

And Brees finds Thomas for the touchdown. The Saints go for two and convert, but Thomas is called for offensive pass interference and the Saints settle for the extra point. Panthers 18 Saints 31

Alvin Kamara immediately takes it down to the 4-yard line to set up first-and-goal.

Colin Jones is in the game at safety.

The Saints are taking advantage of Eric Reid’s lack of coverage skills. Jared Cook just made a fantastic catch across the middle for another first down. Reid is down on the field after the play holding his leg.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: The kick is good. Panthers 18 Saints 24

It’s fourth-and-10, which means Joey Slye will come out to try and make this a six point game with a 52-yard field goal attempt.

The offensive line is giving Allen approximately three-tenths of a second to throw. He probably needs a little more time than that.

And it’s quickly third-and-10 for the Panthers.

Allen throws a perfect dart to Samuel that would have been another first down, but he drops it.

The Panthers pick up a cheap first down on an illegal hands to the face penalty by the Saints.

Allen finds Moore to move the chains.

Huge third down here if the Panthers want to stay in this game. It’s third-and-5.

Big gain of 23 yards on first down for CMC on the screen play.

And the Saints make the Panthers pay for the penalty with a touchdown to Cook. The extra point is good. Panthers 15 Saints 24

Brees throws an incomplete pass and Tre Boston is going to get flagged for a helmet to helmet hit on the receiver because that’s what Tre Boston does.

The Panthers go three-and-out to start the second half.

And Moore is back in for the third-and-6 play.

DJ Moore is on the sideline to start the second half. Donte Moncreif is now in the lineup.

Halftime: Panthers 15 Saints 17

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS! They run a beautiful fake and toss to CMC who walks into the end zone untouched. The Panthers go for two and fail to convert. Panthers 15 Saints 17

The Panthers will go for the touchdown.

It’s third-and-goal at the half-yard line.

Allen dumps off to McCaffrey who weaves his way into the end zone, but on replay he’s short of the end zone and it is overturned on review. The Panthers have a decision to make with 0:03 left in the half.

It’s first-and-goal for the Panthers with 0:39 left in the half.

Greg Van Roten has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a toe injury.

The Panthers are driving with less than a minute to go in the half.

Two minute warning: Panthers 9 Saints 17

LOL The Saints sack Allen again, but get called for unnecessary roughness when Cam Jordan tried to punch the ball out and hit Allen instead. It’s a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down for the Panthers.

The Panthers’ offensive line has struggled to protect Kyle Allen today.

Dontari Poe will not return with a knee injury.

It’s fourth-and-inches and the Saints are going for it. There’s a flag on the play for holding against the Saints and they’ll have to punt. This works for the Panthers because the Saints had picked up the first down.

Eric Reid looks to have stopped Kamara short on third-and-1, but it will depend on the measurement.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: And the kick is good! Panthers 9 Saints 17

The Panthers have been moving the ball well, but unfortunately they stalled just outside the red zone and have to settle for a 41-yard field goal attempt by Slye.

And the kick is good. Panthers 6 Saints 17

SACK! Bruce Irvin gets to Brees and takes him down to force a 41-yard field goal attempt.

Dontari Poe is down on the field and being looked at by trainers.

Luke Kuechly with a big pass breakup in the end zone to deny Cook from scoring a touchdown.

Jordan Scarlett is out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury.

End of 1st quarter: Panthers 6 Saints 14

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS! Kyle Allen fires deep down the field to DJ Moore, who catches it in the end zone for the 51-yard score! The extra point is no good, but we have a game again! Panthers 6 Saints 14

THE PANTHERS GOT A FIRST DOWN Y’ALL!

And it doesn’t matter as the Saints score on the next play. The extra point is good. Panthers 0 Saints 14

Eric Reid makes a great play to deny Jared Cook from scoring a touchdown.

However, there should be a penalty on fair catch interference but whatevs.

And the call is overturned as it should be. The Saints will have the ball on offense.

Sean Payton is challenging the call, as he probably should.

LOL the punt touches a Panthers player and the Saints recover it, but somehow the officials say that it hit the Saints player and give the Panthers a first down.

The defense holds on third-and-14 and the Saints will have to punt.

The call stands, because the officials will likely never overturn a pass interference call. (To be fair, it should have been overturned).

Sean Payton is challenging the pass interference call.

The Panthers again struggle on third down, giving up a huge play to Jared Cook. Fortunately he committed offensive pass interference and the 42-yard play doesn’t count. It’s still third down.

And the Panthers will punt after Kyle Allen overthrows Curtis Samuel on 3rd-and-9.

(This game could get ugly, folks.)

The second play is a false start by Greg Little.

The Panthers’ first play from scrimmage is a 1-yard loss by Christian McCaffrey.

The extra point is good. Panthers 0 Saints 7

Jim Nantz and Tony Romo made it a point to say that the Saints haven’t scored on their opening drive all year. As expected, they just did that against the Panthers.

Drew Brees has literally all day to throw and he finds Ted Ginn for a 30-yard gain on third-and-12. Surprisingly, Ginn caught it for a first down.

As expected, the Panthers haven’t been able to cover Michael Thomas so far. Two targets, two catches for the star receiver.

The Panthers win the coin toss and defer to the second half.

Kickoff is only 10 minutes away, so stay tuned for live score updates and running commentary!


Pregame

Hey Panthers fans, are you looking to go to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to watch the Panthers (hopefully) beat the Saints on Sunday? If you are, then you’re in luck! You can buy tickets to this Sunday’s Panthers-Saints game from StubHub by clicking HERE!

The Carolina Panthers (5-5) are coming off another disappointing loss after being embarrassed at home by the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, and are looking to rebound and keep their quickly fading playoff hopes alive in Week 12 when they travel to the bayou to face off against the New Orleans Saints (8-2) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.

Below you will find all the information you need to catch the action as it happens live.

Game day information

What: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
When: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, La.)
TV: CBS; Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Coverage map)
Tickets: Get your tickets to Panthers-Saints from StubHub by clicking here!
Streaming: FuboTV, CBS All Access (subscription only), Yahoo! Sports, Panthers mobile
Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon, Jake Delhomme
Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Luis Moreno Jr
Weather: 63° / Partly Cloudy / 7 mph NW wind / 0% rain (Complete forecast)

(Note: The weather forecast is only for tailgating because the game will be played indoors.)

Miscellaneous information

Need more details? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Mobile app

You can download the official Panthers app to get live score updates during the game straight to your phone. Also, if you live in the N.C./S.C. market you can listen to the live radio broadcast of every game with the app. You can find the Panthers app in your phone’s app store or you can download the app here.

Online streaming

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CBS All Access: You can stream live NFL games broadcast on CBS with CBS All Access.

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Yahoo! Sports: You can stream live NFL games on Yahoo! Sports’ mobile app.

Panthers.com: You can stream all Panthers games on their website.

Note: Streaming on Panthers.com is only available for in-market fans.

NFL GamePass: You can stream all NFL regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass. It’s a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you’re just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you’re one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.

Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with NFL GamePass. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them.

To find more ways to watch the Panthers, click here.

TV replays

NFL Network will air condensed replays of a selected group of regular season games throughout the week. To see if/when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s television schedule for more information.

Roaring Riot watch parties

If you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.

Tickets

Get your tickets to this Sunday’s Panthers-Saints game from StubHub by clicking here.

Uniforms

The Panthers will wear white jerseys for this game.

Odds

If you’re into that sort of thing, you can find info on NFL game odds by clicking here.

Stay tuned for a live update thread when the game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday!

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