Found January 01, 2012 on
Inside The Panthers:
NEW ORLEANS -- The Panthers fell victim to a familiar pattern -- a flat third-quarter performance -- and it allowed the New Orleans Saints to stretch their lead to 38-17 entering the fourth quarter today at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Trailing by seven when the second half began, the Panthers managed just one first down on their first two possessions and the Saints seized the opportunity, extending their lead with a pair of effective touchdown drives.
Quarterback Drew Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham on a 19-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter to put the Saints ahead 31-17.
After the Panthers had a three-and-out possession, Brees and his mates went back to work, culminating a 44-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jed Collins.
In the process, Brees set an NFL record by eclipsing the 300-yard passing mark for the seventh consecutive game.
The Saints needed a victory and a loss by San Francisco at St. Louis to earn a first-round playoff bye. With the 49ers...
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Drew Brees passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a slew of NFL and club records in a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The NFL single-season records set by the Saints (13-3), who head into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak, included offensive yards with 7,474, team yards passing with 5,347 and first downs with 416.
Drew Brees set a merciless tone with relentless, aggressive, pinpoint passing and the New Orleans Saints shrugged off injury risks, barreling into the postseason with an all-out effort in a win over the Carolina Panthers.
Drew Brees passed for 389
yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a slew of NFL and
club records in a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Their first game, a 31-17 victory by the Saints, featured explosive QBs (Drew Brees threw for 342 yards while Matthew Stafford had 408) and tempers (Detroit was penalized 11 times).
The 2011 regular NFL schedule is over and we can now look forward to the 2012 NFL schedule. While the exact times and dates of exact games cannot be decided as of yet, we already know which teams will play which teams at home and away as the final seeding of the various divisions have come into focus.
The New Orleans Saints wrapped up the 2011...
Just imagine if the 49ers had lost Sunday in St. Louis. They would have returned to work Monday and faced a quick and daunting turnaround, with only five days to prepare for a playoff encounter with the ever-dangerous Lions.
Now that chore falls to Drew Brees and his New Orleans teammates.
Shaking off an earlier interception, Drew Brees hit Marques Colston on a 42-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds left in the first half to give the Saints a 24-17 halftime lead Sunday at the Superdome.
Jonathan Stewart's 29-yard touchdown run had pulled the Panthers even at 17 with 1:18 remaining in the half.
That was too much time for Brees, who completed all five...
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Already in this game, there have been a flurry of numbers and milestones. With Alex Smith's 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree in the second quarter, Smith went over 3,000 yards for the season, a first for him. Smith is only about 2,000 yards behind Drew Brees.
Also, David Akers tried...
The New Orleans Saints have set an NFL record for the most yards of offense in a season. The 2000 St. Louis Rams held the previous mark of 7,075. New Orleans eclipsed that number in the second quarter of Sunday's season finale against the Carolina Panthers on a pass from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem, reaching 7,081.