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Panthers beat Saints 23-20 in game marred by injuries

Panthers beat Saints 23-20 in game marred by injuries

Brees' longest completion went for 22 yards, and New Orleans averaged 5.6 yards per pass play compared to 9.2 in the first meeting.

The concussion problems likely explained Kuechly's down year by his lofty standards in 2015. "I'm keeping Luke in my prayers". He had a hand in 10 points for the Panthers with a lost fumble and his third INT in two games, though he did lead the Saints on a valiant 17-point rally in the fourth quarter.

Panthers safety Kurt Coleman said Kuechly still managed to urge the team to keep fighting as he was carted off, according to ESPN.

"Of course we have our hopes high", said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who passed for 192 yards and a touchdown on Thursday.

His 53- and 52-yard punts in the fourth quarter were particularly impressive considering the pressure he was under as the Saints were threatening. Wil Lutz, whose second-quarter field goal was blocked, tacked on another three points to help the cause.

A game that seemingly held the Carolina Panthers season in the balance featured many aspects that have led to the current 4-6 record, except one.

"We needed to score more", Cooks said, "and we didn't".

Running-back Jonathan Stewart and wide-receiver Ted Ginn Jr. scored in the space of three-and-a-half minutes on the way to the win.

Carolina's next two games are on the West Coast - at Oakland and Seattle.

Doctors who decide whether an National Football League player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn't be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing - an "undeniable conflict of interest". You never know. I'm just going to pray for everybody. "Not only our team but their team". Brees finished with 285 yards passing also and 1 interception.

That clutch first-down play enabled the Panthers to milk the clock, preserve their 23-20 lead and give the ball back to Brees in desperation mode. "Luke makes our game so easy for us up front". Those are things that can be corrected and eliminated, but other than that you want balance. The Saints had 203 total yards and trailed 23-3 entering the final quarter before making a late push to get back in the game.

"Fundamentally we've got to be able to kick an extra point".

The thing that makes every football season so great, or in 2016's case bad, is we never know what will make it great or what will ruin it. We have just struggled in that area. It cost us at NY, it cost us last weekend (against) Denver and it cost us again tonight. "A friend of mine got hurt in the game".