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December 30, 2012

Saints tighten game to 44-38 in final minutes

Score: Panthers 44, Saints 38

Scoring play: A 33-yard swing pass from Drew Brees to Darren Sproles.

Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:16

Time of game: 2:52 in the fourth quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers have one timeout remaining. The Saints have none.

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Score: Panthers 44, Saints 31

Scoring play: A 42-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:02

Time of game: 4:08 in the fourth quarter.

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Score: Panthers 41, Saints 31

Scoring play: A 9-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colston.

Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 3:13

Key play: On 4-and-10 from the Carolina 30, Brees found Lance Moore for 17 yards to continue the drive and get the Saints to the Panthers' 13-yard line.

Time of game: 5:10 in the fourth quarter.

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Score: Panthers 41, Saints 24

Scoring play: A 12-yard touchdown rush by DeAngelo Williams.

Drive: 1 play, 12 yards, :06.

Key play: Armanti Edwards fieled the Thomas Morstead punt at the Carolina 19 and ran essentially untouched until he was knocked out of bounds by Morstead at the 12-yard line for a return of 61 yards.

Time of game: 8:23 in the fourth quarter.

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Score: Panthers 34, Saints 24

Scoring play: A 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Tolbert.

Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:36.

Key play: On a 6-yard pass to Louis Muprhy, Turk McBride pressured Cam Newton and rolled up his left ankle. Newton had to go out of the game for five snaps before returning with the Panthers at the New Orleans 12.

Time of game: 10:16 in the fourth quarter

Worth mentioning: Carolina has 490 yards of total offense today, which is by far the most they've had in a game all season. The franchise record for yards in a game is 543, which was set in Chicago last season

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Score: Panthers 27, Saints 24

Scoring play: A 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Tolbert.

Drive: 3 plays, 36 yards, 1:18

Key play: Charles Godfrey picked off Drew Brees for the quarterback's first interception of the game. Godfrey climbed the ladder to get the pick at the Saints 36-yard line. Three plays later, the Panthers were in the end zone.

Time of game: 2:29 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: The game is starting to get chippy. There have been two scrums in this quarter. Steve Smith got into it with Elbert Mack on an earlier series, and after Gano's extra point the two teams teams had some words before going to the sidelines.

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Score: Saints 24, Panthers 20

Scoring play: A 54-yard touchdown run by DeAngelo Williams.

Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:37

Key play: Greg Olsen caught a short pass from Cam Newton but fumbled the ball in bounds. It appeared the Saints recovered the ball. The ruling on the field was a complete pass, with the fumble coming after Olsen was down. Interim head coach Joe Vitt challenged the ruling, and the replay official found Olsen did lose the ball before making contact with the ground. But the referee said the replay could not confirm the Saints controlled the fumble, possibly because the whistle may have been blown before Johnny Patrick could pick up the loose ball. The Panthers got the ball back on the 23-yard line.

Time of game: 8:48 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: This is Williams' first game of the season with at least 100 rushing yards. He last did that in Week 5 of last year. Williams has 160 today, and he's only the second player on the Panthers (Cam Newton) to have at least 100 yards rushing in a game this season.

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Score: Saints 24, Panthers 13

Scoring play: A 19-yard pass from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham. 

Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:15

Key play: A 51-yard pass from Brees to Lance Moore. Brees got great protection in the pocket and aired it out for Moore, who caught the ball after incidental contact with the defensive back. 

Time of game: 10:45 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: D.J. Campbell may have had his worst defensive series there. Campbell was the defensive back that Moore caught the 51-yard pass. He also tried to blow up Graham on the touchdown catch and ended up on his back.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 30, 2012 at 02:53 PM | Permalink

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