Carolina Panthers (2-8, 0-2 division – 4th) quarterback Cam Newton threw for 280 yards and a touchdown, and also ran in two touchdowns on the ground, but not of that mattered compared to the four picks he threw in 45-39 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Opposite of Newton was Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford who threw five touchdowns and passed for 335 yards while helping Detroit rally back from it’s third 17 point deficit of the season.
For the Panthers this season has been a case of get close, but not quite, as they have been competitive in most every game this year including their contest against the Saints, but always seems to fall short.
But Drew Brees would rally the Saints late in the fourth quarter of that game as he engineered an 80 yard scoring drive in which he completed 8 of 9 passes and threw the winning touchdown to running back Pierre Thomas, stealing the win from Carolina.
The Panthers still could make some noise in the division as they have four NFC South game still ahead, but they would have to get through the Saints at home, which is no easy task considering New Orleans is 4-0 in the dome and averages nearly 40 points a game.