For the second time in three weeks the New Orleans Saints had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to secure a win, today getting the come back victory over the division rival Carolina Panthers, after a historic week three come back win over the Houston Texans.
The Saints were down by four points after the Panthers took the lead on an eleven play, 59-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a three yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to tight end Greg Olsen.
Brees aftewards took over the offense on the eleven yard line and proceeded to march the Saints down the field on a thirteen play, 89-yard scoring drive in which he completed 8 of 9 passes for 80 of the drives total yards.
More importanly the drive consumed over six minutes, leaving the Panthers with only 51 seconds on the clock after scoring the go ahead touchdown.
That touchdown came from the six yard line when Sean Payton fought the urge to lean on running back Darren Sproles — which he had done several times in the game — and instead chose to show a run heavy formation with Pierre Thomas in the backfield.
Brees faked the handoff as Thomas leaked into the right flat where he found him for the easy completion. From there Thomas coasted into the end zone un-touched for what turned out to be the game winning score, 30-27.
The Panthers did get the ball back, but with little time on the clock the Saints defense was able to tighten up and keep them out of field goal range.
New Orleans is now seated atop the NFC South, now one game over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were blown out by the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park 48 to 3.