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Saints End Regular Season With A 45-17 Victory Over Panthers-Game Recap

The New Orleans Saints wrapped-up their 2011 regular season schedule by downing the Carolina Panthers, 45-17, on Sunday, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans.

The win was the eighth-straight for the Saints, who cemented the first-ever undefeated home season in franchise history, and also matched a franchise record with 13 wins during the regular season.

The Saints led it after the first quarter, 14-7, but the Panthers who able to tie the game, 17-17, at the 1:25 mark of the second quarter, after a 29-yard touchdown run by running back Jonathan Stewart.

New Orleans came right back to score however, going on a six-play, 81-yard drive, that was capped-off on a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees to receiver Marques Colston, giving the Saints a 24-17 advantage at the half.

Brees threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, with those two touchdown tosses extending his string of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass to 43, drawing him within four of Johnny Unitas’ all-time record.

Brees threw two more touchdown passes in the third quarter, a 19-yarder to Jimmy Graham, and a 1-yard throw to Jed Collins, giving the Saints a 38-17 lead, and putting the game out of reach.

Bress threw his fifth and final touchdown pass, a 9-yarder, to Darren Sproles, in the fourth quarter, to make the score, 45-17.

The Saints were able to outgain the Panthers, in terms of total offense, 617-301.

Brees was fabulous on the day, completing 28 of 35 passes, for 389 yards, and five touchdowns. He now has 5,476 passing yards on the year, which extends his own single-season NFL record.

Chris Ivory led the Saints in rushing, with 127 yards, on 19 carries, while Graham topped the Saints in receptions, hauling in eight passes, for 97 yards, and a touchdowns.

Graham ended the regular season with 1,310 receiving yards, which for a few minutes was the most ever by a tight end, until surpassed later in the day by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Running back/kick returner Darren Sproles had 168 all-purpose yards on the afternoon, giving him 2,696 on the year, which is a new NFL record.

In a losing cause for Carolina, quarterback Cam Newton completed 15 of 25 passes, for 158 yards, and a touchdown, as the rookie eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark in his freshman season.

With the win, the Saints end their regular season with a 13-3 record, while the Panthers dropped to 6-9.

The Saints will enter the NFC Playoffs as the number three seed, as the San Francisco 49ers secured the second spot by defeating the St. Louis Rams,  34-27.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Junior Galette #93 celebrates with Patrick Robinson #21 of the New Orleans Saints after catching an interception during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

The game box score is courtesy of ESPN.com.

 

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

1 2 3 4 T
CAR 7 10 0 0 17
NO 14 10 14 7 45

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) – 389 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Ivory (NO) – 19 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Colston (NO) – 7 REC, 145 YDS, 2 TD

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Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER CAR NO
TD 13:21 Chris Ivory 35 Yd Run (John Kasay Kick) 0 7
TD 06:42 Steve Smith 12 Yd Pass From Cam Newton (Olindo Mare Kick) 7 7
TD 02:50 Marques Colston 15 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) 7 14
SECOND QUARTER CAR NO
FG 05:50 Olindo Mare 41 Yd 10 14
FG 02:42 John Kasay 43 Yd 10 17
TD 01:18 Jonathan Stewart 29 Yd Run (Olindo Mare Kick) 17 17
TD 00:07 Marques Colston 42 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) 17 24
THIRD QUARTER CAR NO
TD 08:54 Jimmy Graham 19 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) 17 31
TD 03:47 Jed Collins 1 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) 17 38
FOURTH QUARTER CAR NO
TD 12:15 Darren Sproles 9 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick) 17 45

Team Stat Comparison

CAR
NO
1st Downs 21 33
Passing 1st downs
9 23
Rushing 1st downs
9 10
1st downs from Penalties
3 0
3rd down efficiency
0-5 6-9
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-1
Total Plays 51 73
Total Yards 301 617
Passing 137 409
Comp-Att
15-25 31-38
Yards per pass
5.5 10.8
Rushing 164 208
Rushing Attempts
24 35
Yards per rush
6.8 5.9
Red Zone (Made-Att) 1-2 4-6
Penalties 1-5 6-60
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost
1 0
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 25:26 34:34
Carolina Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT NFL RATING
C. Newton 15/25 158 6.3 1 1 75.1
Team 15/25 137 5.5 1 1
New Orleans Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT NFL RATING
D. Brees 28/35 389 11.1 5 1 140.7
C. Daniel 3/3 20 6.7 0 0 94.4
Team 31/38 409 10.8 5 1
Carolina Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
J. Stewart 9 79 8.8 1 29
D. Williams 7 53 7.6 0 20
C. Newton 6 32 5.3 0 16
S. Smith 1 1 1.0 0 1
D. Anderson 1 -1 -1.0 0 0
Team 24 164 6.8 1 29
New Orleans Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
C. Ivory 19 127 6.7 1 35
D. Sproles 6 40 6.7 0 11
P. Thomas 5 30 6.0 0 15
D. Henderson 1 9 9.0 0 9
D. Brees 1 5 5.0 0 5
C. Daniel 3 -3 -1.0 0 0
Team 35 208 5.9 1 35
Carolina Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
S. Smith 6 86 14.3 1 22 7
B. LaFell 2 27 13.5 0 14 2
D. Williams 2 20 10.0 0 12 4
J. Shockey 3 18 6.0 0 6 6
J. Stewart 2 7 3.5 0 11 2
G. Olsen 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
S. Ajirotutu 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Team 15 158 10.5 1 22 23
New Orleans Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
M. Colston 7 145 20.7 2 42 10
J. Graham 8 97 12.1 1 29 9
D. Henderson 2 48 24.0 0 31 2
P. Thomas 3 36 12.0 0 22 5
R. Meachem 2 30 15.0 0 16 2
D. Sproles 5 29 5.8 1 16 6
A. Arrington 1 17 17.0 0 17 1
M. Higgins 1 4 4.0 0 4 1
J. Collins 2 3 1.5 1 2 2
Team 31 409 13.2 5 42 38
Carolina Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
S. Smith 1 1 0
Team 1 1 0
New Orleans Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
T. Porter 0 0 1
Team 0 0 1
Carolina Interceptions
INT YDS TD
R. Stanford 1 53 0
Team 1 53 0
New Orleans Interceptions
INT YDS TD
P. Robinson 1 0 0
Team 1 0 0
Carolina Defensive
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
J. Anderson 15 9 0 0 0 0 0
J. Senn 11 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Godfrey 6 4 0 0 1 0 0
C. Gamble 5 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Pressley 5 3 0 0 1 0 0
D. Connor 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Hardy 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
S. Martin 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Vaughan 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Butler 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Stanford 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
B. Hogan 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
O. Nwagbuo 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Applewhite 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nelson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F. Kearse 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
S. Smith 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jansen 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Adams 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Pilares 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Keiser 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Norwood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 77 49 0 1 4 0 0
New Orleans Defensive
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
J. Dunbar 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
I. Abdul-Quddus 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Porter 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
P. Robinson 4 3 0 1 1 0 0
R. Harper 4 3 0 0 2 0 0
S. Shanle 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Humber 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Jordan 3 3 1 0 0 2 0
J. Greer 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Wilson 2 2 1 1 0 1 0
J. Galette 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Johnson 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
J. Patrick 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bushrod 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Herring 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 46 32 2 2 3 4 0
Carolina Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
K. Pilares 2 37 18.5 20 0
Team 2 37 18.5 20 0
New Orleans Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
D. Sproles 2 54 27.0 28 0
Team 2 54 27.0 28 0
Carolina Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
Team 0 0 0.0 0 0
New Orleans Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
D. Sproles 3 45 15.0 24 0
Team 3 45 15.0 24 0
Carolina Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
O. Mare 1/1 100.0 41 2/2 5
Team 1/1 100.0 41 2/2 5
New Orleans Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
J. Kasay 1/1 100.0 43 6/6 9
Team 1/1 100.0 43 6/6 9
Carolina Punting
TOT YDS AVG TB -20 LG
J. Baker 4 183 45.8 1 0 50
Team 4 183 45.8 1 0 50
New Orleans Punting
TOT YDS AVG TB -20 LG
T. Morstead 1 44 44.0 0 0 44
Team 1 44 44.0 0 0 44
Attendance: 73,065

 

 

 

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