New Orleans Saints top five home wins against the Carolina Panthers

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Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of the New Orleans Saints fleur de lis logo at midfield after a win against the San Francisco 49ers in a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3 – December 2, 2001

Following the crazy, but fun 2000 season for the New Orleans Saints, the next year saw the club struggle overall. After a 34-17 road loss to the New England Patriots, the team was tasked with hosting the Panthers as a 5-5 club looking to turn the corner. This was one of those silly contests.

On the Saints first offensive position of the day, Aaron Brooks would throw deep for Joe Horn after a flea-flicker from Ricky Williams. Horn was wide open, but collided with back judge Phil Luckett. Chris Weinke got things going early for the Panthers offense after taking it in from 6 yards to give the Panthers an early 7-0 lead.

John Carney would boot through a 42-yard field after a holding play negated a touchdown, and Aaron Brooks would connect with Terrelle Smith off a tipped pass late in the half to put the Saints up 10-7.

Early in the 4th Quarter, Brooks would find Albert Connell for a Saints 13-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 20-10. The Panthers would answer with a field goal of their own, and pick off Brooks to eventually tie the game late. John Kasay would add a 51-yard field goal with 2:40 remaining in the game to take the lead 23-20.

With less than 2 minutes to go, Brooks connected with Joe Horn for what would be the game winning touchdown reception from 17 yards.

Ricky Williams finished with 102 yards on the ground, and Joe Horn had 13 receptions for 150 yards and a score.

The Saints defense had 8 sacks on the day, receiving contributions from Charlie Clemons (2.0), La’Roi Glover (1.5),Chris Oldham, Darren HowardNorman Hand, Martin Chase (1.0), and Keith Mitchell (0.5). The Panthers managed only 150 total yards of offense on the day, but was fueled largely in part from Steve Smith‘s 4 kickoff returns for 171 yards.

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