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January 01, 2012

Halftime blog: Saints 24, Panthers 17


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 of his passes on the 81-yard, go-ahead drive.

The Panthers and Saints traded field goals earlier in the second quarter as the Saints took a 17-10 lead.

Brees and Cam Newton both threw red-zone interceptions. Patrick Robinson picked off Newton in the back of the end zone when Newton faked a run and then lobbed a jump pass for Steve Smith.

R.J. Stanford stepped in front of Darren Sproles to pick off Brees after the Saints had driven to the 20. Stanford's 56-yard return helped set up Olindo Mare's 41-yard field goal.

With 360 yards in the first half, the Saints set the NFL record for yards in a season, held by the 2000 St. Louis Rams and their so-called “Greatest Show on Turf.”

Posted by Observer Sports on January 1, 2012 at 02:28 PM | Permalink


I wouldn't let the defensive safeties on the flight home.

Posted by: samthing | Jan 1, 2012 2:40:04 PM

Off Season to do item #1....cut #23 & #29

Posted by: bull123 | Jan 1, 2012 2:43:33 PM

Cam is showing exactly why he was alternate for the Pro Bowl and why he should NOT be ROY. What a baby, grow up. And if he doesn't learn how to slide he is going to get hurt really quick, he plays without his head....

Posted by: bebu | Jan 1, 2012 3:06:11 PM

Go Saints, football is for winning games, scoring points and breakings records.

Posted by: ln29576 | Jan 1, 2012 3:42:38 PM

Agree with bull123, Sherrod Martin can't start for this team next year. Pugh also needs to go. We need an OLB (unfortunately Thomas Davis, who I love, is done) to compliment Beason and a safety.

Posted by: Joseph | Jan 1, 2012 7:25:28 PM

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