New Orleans Saints top five home wins against the Carolina Panthers

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January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson (96) and linebacker Martez Wilson (95) tackle Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

No. 1 – January 1, 2012

We all remember the glory of the 2011 season and what could have been. The Saints took on the Panthers at home for their season finale, and could not have rewarded fans more appropriately.

It started as a cat and mouse game, as Chris Ivory got the game’s first score off of a 35-yard rush. The Panthers would answer with the ever so pesky Steve Smith. Brees would counter with a 9 play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 15-yard Marques Colston touchdown grab to go up 14-7.

The 2nd Quarter first saw an exchange of field goals, and Jonathan Stewart rattled off a 29-yard run to tie things up at 17. That’s where it ended for the Panthers. To close out the half, Brees would find Marques Colston for a 42-yard touchdown reception to go up 24-17.

In the second half, the Saints would pilot drives of 61, 44, and 68 yards which ended in touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham, Jed Collins, and Darren Sproles.

Quite simply put, Drew Brees was on fire. He went 28-for-35, 389 yards, 5 touchdowns, and one interception. At the time, he set an NFL Record 468 completions for the year and a 71.6 completion percentage. 

Which was your favorite home win against the Panthers? Let us know!

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