Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Brees, Saints advance by shutting down Panthers late

Brees, Saints advance by shutting down Panthers late

Drew Brees threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints defense slammed the door on a last-minute comeback bid by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to hang on for a 31-26 victory in Sunday's NFC wild-card game. But under pressure brought by defensive end Cameron Jordan, Newton was flagged for intentional grounding, leaving Carolina with a third-and-25. After an incompletion in the end zone, Vonn Bell sacked Newton with six seconds left. Although he was knocked out for one play during the fourth quarter after being poked in the eye, Newton was able to return following medical evaluation.

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Brees' 16-yard completion to Thomas on third-and-6 gave New Orleans a first down at its 45.

Brees simply riddled a Panthers defense that seemed prep to stop the run with a littany of precision passes and, although he held the ball longer than he usually does, Carolina's vaunted pass rush couldn't get home.

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Newton missed a play, the Panthers punted, and then Newton returned on the team's next possession.

Two plays later, Brees hit former Panther Ginn with the 80-yard touchdown pass that gave New Orleans a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

Gano's 39-yard field goal cut the Saints' lead to 14-6 late, but Saints fullback Zach Line scored on a 1-yard run in the final minute of the half, making it 21-6.

Newton moved Carolina 35 yards in 43 seconds and Gano made a 58-yard field goal with no time left to cut New Orleans' lead to 21-9 at halftime.

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