The Carolina Panthers made the race for an NFC South title a three-way battle with a 41-10 humiliation of the New Orleans Saints.
The Carolina Panthers find themselves in the race for an NFC South title all of a sudden after a 41-10 blowout victory on the road over the New Orleans Saints. They improved their record to 4-8-1 as the Saints fell to 5-8.
The Panthers offense came back to life as quarterback Cam Newton totaled four touchdowns, and running back Jonathan Stewart ran for a season-high 155 yards and a touchdown.
The defense looked like its old self again with the return of defensive tackle Star Lotuleiei, and they held Saints running back Mark Ingram to 43 rushing yards.
Newton passed for 226 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-33 passing, and he added 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Tight end Greg Olsen was easily Newton’s favorite target as he caught 10 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
For the Saints, quarterback Drew Brees had an uncharacteristically poor performance as he threw for 235 yards and a touchdown with an interception on 29-of-49 passing.
His sole touchdown pass came when the game was already out of reach with the score being 41-3.
The Atlanta Falcons will remain in first place in the NFC South whether they win or lose against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.