New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 10/30/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 9 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
October 30, 2014
Kicking off the NFL festivities in Week 9, we had a marquis divisional matchup between the Saints and Panthers on “Thursday Night Football.” New Orleans came into Charlotte hot on the heels of a primetime beat down of the Packers, while Carolina was edged out by the defending champion Seahawks in Week 8. Games between these two rivals are always compelling, and this one was no different.
Let’s take a closer look at the key stats and players in this one so that we can get a feel for why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check in on the Week 10 schedule to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Saints were the first team to score, but it took them until late in the second quarter to do it. Once they did, they logged a pair of scores in rapid succession, starting with a 3-yard Mark Ingram run with 2:38 left in the half. Jimmy Graham finished things off with just three seconds left in the second quarter with a 1-yard pass from QB Drew Brees. That play capped off an 85-yard drive that took just 1:46. The Saints would head to the locker room with a comfortable 14-point lead.
In the third, Cam Newton got Carolina on the board with a 10-yard run that will make the highlight reels all week. Not to be outdone, Brees managed a 1-yard run of his own that put the Saints back on top by 14 on a 21-7 score at the end of three quarters.
The Panthers were able to cut the lead to 11 early in the fourth on a 31-yard Graham Gano field goal, but that’s as close as they’d get. Ingram book-ended the scoring on another 3-yard TD run to make it 28-10, and that’s the way the game would end.
The Saints now take control of the NFC South, and won’t be relinquishing control if they keep playing like this. They also ended an ugly road losing streak that had many questioning their ability to play away from home.
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The Stars: Brees was pretty efficient here, posting a 24-of-34 line for one passing TD and one rush TD. The big contributor was Ingram, however, as he finished with 110 total yards (100 rush; 10 receiving) on 30 carries and one catch. Graham was the big contributor in receiving yards, with his 83 and a score.
The Goats: On the other side, there’s really not a whole lot to get excited about. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for just 66 yards on 16 carries, so there wasn’t much of a running game. Newton completed only 10-of-28 passes for 151 yards and an interception. The Panthers had just 15 first downs to New Orleans’ 27, and lost out on time of possession by a margin of 24:42 to 35:18.
Injuries: The Carolina offensive line was something of a patchwork for this game, as they were without LT Byron Bell, G Amini Silatolu and G Trai Turner. All three are starters. The Panthers did get DeAngelo Williams back after four games, though.
Outlook: The Saints will be back at home in the dome during Week 10, as the 49ers come to visit (Sunday, Nov. 9; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Meanwhile, the Panthers get another primetime game on “Monday Night Football” when they travel to Philly to visit the Eagles (Monday, Nov. 10; 8:30 PM ET: on ESPN).
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