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December 30, 2012

Halftime: Saints 17, Panthers 13

NEW ORLEANS

The Saints scored a pair of touchdown in a 43-second span in the second quarter to take a 17-13 halftime lead on the Panthers in the season finale for both teams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Two plays after Drew Brees hit Marques Colston for a 4-yard touchdown pass to bring the Saints to within 10-7, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma picked off a Cam Newton pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead for the Saints.

Panthers kicker Graham Gano made 2-of-3 field goal attempts, hitting from 20 and 31 yards, but pushing a 54-yard attempt wide right.

Garrett Hartley connected on a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

The Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Mike Tolbert, one play after DeAngelo Williams ripped off a season-long 65-yard run.

Williams had 7 first-half carries for 107 yards, the first time a Panthers running back has had a 100-yard rushing game since Williams' 115-yard effort against the Saints on Oct. 9, 2011.

Brees completed 10 of 18 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on December 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM | Permalink

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