It’s official. The New Orleans Saints are moving on. But they certainly had to work for it. Despite their threatening two-headed rushing attack of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, the Saints would rush 22 times for just 41 years. But QB Drew Brees would do what he’s done for the majority of the past 16 yearsa��put on a show.
Completing 23-of-33 passes (69.7 percent) for 376 yards and two scores, Brees would give the New Orleans offense just enough offense. But it’s the pass rush that would seal the victory. Despite having a first down on the Saints’ 26-yard line, trailing 31-26 with 58 seconds left, the Panthers couldn’t get into the end zone. But there’s one moment that could have changed everything.
Graham Gano missing a 25-yard field goal in the first half.
Then again, it’s unfair to pin the loss on a kicker who went 4-of-5 on the evening. Not only that, but Gano would bury a 58-yard field goal just before halftime to cut the score to 21-9. The Panthers simply didn’t do enough to turn field goals into touchdowns.
And now the Saints are moving on to take on the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday. Surely there isn’t going to be a week’s worth ofA� ‘Bountygate’ stories leading up to this matchup.