1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2006
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Six days after their emotional return to New Orleans, the Saints were due for a letdown.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
The Panthers hung on to win a big divisional game against the surprising Saints. With the combination of DeShaun Foster (105 yards rushing) and DeAngelo Williams (62 yards), the Panthers' rushing attack kept the Saints off-balance.
Carolina QB Jake Delhomme showed outstanding poise while managing the game and using wide receivers Steve Smith and Keyshawn Johnson, who combined for 16 catches for 150 yards. Defensively, the Panthers did a great job making the Saints one-dimensional -- New Orleans passed for 344 yards but rushed for just 63. Carolina shut down the rushing lanes with its front seven.
Using a short, controlled passing game, Saints QB Drew Brees took what the Panthers gave him, but it wasn't enough.
Johnson's 8-yard catch on the first play of the game made him the 26th player in NFL history to go over 10,000 receiving yards. ... Horn joined Eric Martin (532) as the only Saints with 500 receptions. ... Panthers rookie Richard Marshall started ahead of Ken Lucas at CB. Lucas said a sore neck and shoulder has affected his tackling. ... Saints special-teamer Curtis Deloatch, who recovered Steve Gleason's blocked punt for a touchdown 90 seconds into Monday's win over Atlanta, suffered a right hamstring injury during a first-quarter punt and did not return.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.6||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-2||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||6:23||Steve Smith Sr., 9 yd pass from Jake Delhomme (John Kasay kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 3:37
|FG||4:08||John Carney 31 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 11 plays, 68 yds, 6:13
|TD||13:34||Deuce McAllister, 3 yd run (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 82 yds, 6:49
|TD||7:20||Drew Carter, 4 yd pass from Jake Delhomme|
Drive info: 12 plays, 91 yds, 6:18
|TD||1:56||DeShaun Foster, 43 yd run (John Kasay kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:09
|TD||1:28||Marques Colston, 86 yd pass from Drew Brees|
Drive info: 2 plays, 76 yds, 0:30