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September 16, 2012

Panthers lead Saints 21-13 at halftime

Score: Panthers 21, Saints 13

Scoring play: A two-yard touchdown rush by Mike Tolbert.

Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 2:20

Key play: On the first play of the drive, offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski called a Statue of Liberty that fooled the Saints. Cam Newton handed the ball to Brandon LaFell, who went down the field for 25 yards.

Time of game: 0:11 in the second quarter

Worth mentioning: There was solid clock management by the Panthers coaching staff on that drive. Not wanting to give the Saints the ball back with much time left, Carolina let the clock run down to 22 seconds before calling a timeout on third down. 

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Score: Saints 13, Panthers 14

Scoring play: A 17-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Jonathan Stewart.

Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 3:35

Key play: On a third-and-long from the Panthers 33, Newton found Steve Smith down the far sideline for a 35-yard gain. It was Smith's second grab of the game, and gave life to the Bank of America Stadium crowd. 

Time of game: 3:33 in the second quarter

Worth mentioning: On second down from the New Orleans 28, Newton threw to Brandon LaFell on the edge. Backup WR Armanti Edwards had a great block that allowed LaFell to get an 11-yard gain and the first down. That was the play before Stewart's walk into the end zone.

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Score: Saints 13, Panthers 7

Scoring play: A 53-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley.

Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 4:36.

Key play: A 13-yard completion on third down from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham. The tight end got open on the near sideline and beat Jon Beason when the Panthers had the Saints pinned against their own end zone. The Saints were there in the first place after the Panthers couldn't convert on fourth-and-inches from the New Orleans 4-yard line.

Time of game: 7:08 in second quarter

Worth mentioning: Rookie DE Frank Alexander tipped a Drew Brees pass on third down that forced the Saints to kick. Alexander had two tipped passes against Tampa Bay last week.

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Score: Saints 10, Panthers 7

Scoring play: A 22-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley.

Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 4:07

Key play: Pierre Thomas rushed through the middle of the Panther defense on a 2-and-8 for 23 yards. FS Haruki Nakamura missed an open field tackle that allowed Thomas to pick up more than just the first down, and the rush put the Saints in Carolina territory.

Time of game: 1:26 in first quarter

Worth mentioning: The Saints had four plays of ten or more yards on that drive. For the game, New Orleans has seven plays of at least 11 yards. The Panthers have one.

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Score: Saints 7, Panthers 7

Scoring play: A nine-yard interception return for a touchdown by Charles Godfrey.

Key play: DE Charles Johnson pressured Brees on a quarterback rollout on second down. A pass intended for David Thomas was picked off by Godfrey on the near sideline and he went into the end zone untouched.

Worth mentioning: P Brad Nortman pinned the Saints inside their own 10-yard line. He has yet to put a punt in the end zone this season, and no player has returned one of his punts.

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Score: Saints 7, Panthers 0

Scoring play: One-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham on a 3-and-goal.

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:21.

Key play: Darren Sproles beat Jon Beason down the sideline for a 25-yard catch on third down midway through the drive. The gain put the Saints in the red zone. 

Time on clock: 9:39

Worth mentioning: The Saints no huddle obviously has this Panthers defense befuddled. Captain Munnerlyn almost missed covering Sproles on a third down early in the drive. Once when the Saints where in the red zone, the Panthers defense had 10 men on the field. DE Thomas Keiser ran onto the field just as the ball was snapped.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

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Our Defensive Coordinator is not cutting it

Posted by: Mark Clifford | Sep 16, 2012 1:33:40 PM

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