12/08 22:37 CST Brees sharp, Saints beat Panthers 31-13
Brees sharp, Saints beat Panthers 31-13
By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and the
New Orleans Saints beat Carolina 31-13 on Sunday night to regain sole
possession of first place in the NFC South and snap the Panthers' winning
streak at eight games.
The Panthers' defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game this
season until the Saints scored three in the second quarter alone, when Brees
completed 14 of 16 passes for 159 yards.
The Saints also became the only team this season to score more than 24 points
against Carolina, which entered the game No. 1 in scoring defense, allowing
13.1 points per game.
Brees' first two scoring strikes went to Marques Colston, who made nine catches
for 125 yards. Jimmy Graham added two TD catches, his second making it 31-6 in
the fourth quarter
New Orleans sacked Cam Newton five times and did not allow a touchdown until