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2018 Schedule
12-2, 1st in NFC South
Stephen A. not as high on Saints after win vs. Panthers (1:08)
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Saints win,NFL Power Rankings.

Ryan Clark reacts to the Saints win over the Panthers. Plus, Jalen Rose runs the floor and Ryan delivers an epic NFL Power Rankings.

Ingram goes undercover to sell some Saints apparel (1:22)
Saints hang on to top Panthers on MNF (1:14)
McFarland: Saints showed 'tenacity' and 'resiliency' (1:19)
Saints hold on to win in wild fourth quarter (0:50)
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16hMike Triplett

Payton, Brees now No. 2 coach/QB duo in wins

Sean Payton and Drew Brees won their 117th regular-season game together Monday night, passing Don Shula and Dan Marino for second place among coach/QB combos during the Super Bowl era.

Brees looks to clean up 'little mistakes' (1:37)
16h

Saints' D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, the Saints' defense put the clamps on Cam Newton and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Newton's pass on 4th down falls incomplete (0:26)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints survive -- and now they need just one more victory to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Good thing, too, considering how much their offense has struggled away from home over the past three weeks. Once again, their defense bailed them out (again and again and again) in a sloppy 12-9 win at Carolina. If all goes well, the Saints won't have to play outdoors again this year since their final two regular-season games are at home and the Super Bowl is at Atlanta.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints offense came up with its worst play of the night with a chance to ice the game with under two minutes remaining when WR Tommylee Lewis fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone while trying to lunge for a TD. The play would have been called back for holding regardless, but the Panthers get a chance to tie the game with a field goal now after the touchback.

Panthers force fumble for touchback (0:45)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints will have to finish out this game with a battered offensive line. Center Max Unger has been ruled out after being tested for a concussion. And left tackle Jermon Bushrod left with an unspecified injury. So the Saints now have left guard Andrus Peat playing left tackle (where he has ample experience). They have rookie Will Clapp playing left guard in his first career game as an active player. And they have second-year pro Cameron Tom at center.

Jackson takes INT on 2-point try to the house (0:47)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' offense finally put a good drive together, ending with a 16-yard TD run by Alvin Kamara -- only to follow immediately with their lowest moment of the night, an interception on the 2-point try that was returned all the way for a 2-point Panthers score instead. Drew Brees decided to throw up a low-percentage ball toward RB Alvin Kamara even though he was covered. Obviously it wasn't worth the risk.

Kamara speeds past defenders for the TD (0:27)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Yet another huge play by the Saints defense, which has been keeping this team afloat during a three-week offensive slump. Safety Vonn Bell punched the ball loose from Panthers WR DJ Moore at the end of a 24-yard run. Bell timed the punch beautifully as he charged Moore from behind.

Bell punches football loose, Saints recover (0:39)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More problems for the Saints' offense to start the second half. First, a 20-yard pass to Michael Thomas was nullified by offsetting penalties (including an unnecessary roughness penalty on Thomas). Then center Max Unger left the game with an unspecified injury on the same play. Then tight end Benjamin Watson was unable to hold onto a deep pass completion -- and the Saints lost a challenge trying to claim that he did. They ultimately punted. And they have now played only one good half of football on offense in the last three games.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Eli Apple came up with his biggest play yet since joining the Saints in a midseason trade with an interception in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Apple stayed inside of WR Devin Funchess the whole way and boxed him out for the interception. For the third week in a row, the Saints' surging defense has continued to bail out the lethargic Saints offense. Carolina had a total of 142 yards in the first half -- with 50 of them coming on Christian McCaffrey's trick play TD pass.

Apple leaps for the pick in end zone (0:35)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Turns out, the Saints offense didn't get out of its funk last week in Tampa Bay. Drew Brees has now thrown an interception in four straight games after he had just one INT in the first 10 games of the season. His pass was tipped by LB Thomas Davis and snagged out of the air by CB James Bradberry. The Saints have only six points with 40 seconds left in the first half.

Bradberry makes INT after deflection (0:38)

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.5
Rushing Yards127.4
Points For32.81st
Points Against20.9