Nov 08, 2009; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams celebrates with linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) after a defensive stop against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
No. 2 – November 8, 2009
In the year that saw the Saints get off to a surprising 13-0 start, the Panthers stood in their way and nearly spoiled perfection. DeAngelo Williams rattled off two 1st Quarter rushing touchdowns to put the Saints in a 14-0 hole. John Carney and John Kasay would trade field goals, by halftime the Saints were trailing 17-6.
Must like Sean Payton’s 2009 squad did all season, the Saints would catch fire in the 2nd half and overcome the early turnovers. Pierre Thomas would kick things off with a 10-yard run to dig into the Panthers lead, only to be answered by another John Kasay field goal. Robert Meachem would have a beautiful 54-yard catch and run from Drew Brees to tie things up at 20 heading into the 4th Quarter.
John Carney would add a 40-yard field with less than 5 minutes to go to put the Saints up 23-20, and Anthony Hargrove would become the hero after stripping and recovering the ball to put the Saints up for good 30-20. Many fans can remember Jake Delhomme having a priceless reaction of grasping his helmet after the play.
It was the first time the Saints had beaten the Panthers at home since 2001.
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