First quarter

PANTHERS: Graham Gano 20 field goal at 5:41. DRIVE: 15 plays, 76 yards, 7:06. KEY PLAYS: Cam Newton 16-yard run on third-and-2 to the Panthers’ 40. Newton 19-yard pass to Brandon LaFell on third-and-6 to the Saints’ 40. Greg Olsen 16-yard catch to Saints’ 2 on third-and-7. PANTHERS 3, SAINTS 0.

Second quarter

PANTHERS: Mike Tolbert 1 run at 8:18 (Gano kick). DRIVE: 3-82-1:12. KEY PLAYS: Newton 11-yard pass to LaFell to start the drive. DeAngelo Williams 65-yard run up the middle to the Saints’ 1 sets up the TD. PANTHERS 10, SAINTS 0.

SAINTS: Marques Colston 7 pass from Drew Brees at 5:14 (Garrett Hartley kick). DRIVE: 7-76-3:04. KEY PLAYS: Mark Ingram 17-yard run to Saints’ 41 to start the drive. Brees 39-yard pass to Lance Moore to the Panthers’ 16. Brees hits Colston on fourth-and-1 after interim coach Joe Vitt passes on field-goal attempt. PANTHERS 10, SAINTS 7.

SAINTS: Jonathan Vilma 18interception return at 4:31. (Hartley kick). KEY PLAY: Newton tries to throw screen pass to Williams, but Vilma sniffs play out and goes untouched to end zone for the score. SAINTS 14, PANTHERS 10.

PANTHERS: Gano 31 field goal at 0:39. DRIVE: 9-60-3:52. KEY PLAYS: Williams 22-yard run to open the drive to the Panthers’ 49. Newton 17-yard pass to Louis Murphy to Saints’ 30. Newton 12-yard pass to Olsen to Saints’ 15. SAINTS 14, PANTHERS 13.

SAINTS: Hartley 53 field goal at 0:00. DRIVE: 5-47-0:39. KEY PLAYS: Brees 14-yard pass to Moore on first play of the drive. Jimmy Graham 19-yard reception to the Panthers’ 49. Brees to Darren Sproles 14 yards to the Carolina 35 to set up the field goal. SAINTS 17, PANTHERS 13.

Third quarter

SAINTS:Graham 19 pass from Brees at 10:45 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 8-80-4:15. KEY PLAYS: Brees 51-yard pass to Moore to Panthers’ 31. Graham 6-yard catch on third-and-5 at the Panthers’ 20.SAINTS 24, PANTHERS 13.

PANTHERS: Williams 54 run at 8:48 (Gano kick). DRIVE: 4-80-1:57. KEY PLAYS: Panthers retain possession after Olsen fumbled and Johnny Patrick recovered, but referee Al Riveron said it wasn’t clear whether Patrick’s right foot was in bounds on the recovery. Murphy 34-yard reception to Panthers’ 46. SAINTS 24, PANTHERS 20.

PANTHERS:Tolbert 1 run at 2:29 (Gano kick). DRIVE: 3-36-1:18. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on interception by safety Charles Godfrey at Saints’ 36. Newton 31-yard pass to Steve Smith to Saints’ 5. PANTHERS 27, SAINTS 24.

Fourth quarter

PANTHERS: Tolbert 1 run at 10:16 (Gano kick). DRIVE: 9-80-4:36. KEY PLAYS: Newton 22-yard pass to Tolbert and 15-yard facemask penalty puts ball on Saints’ 43. Defensive holding on third-and-2 by Patrick gives Panthers a first down at Saints’ 30. Newton 11-yard pass to LaFell to Saints’ 1. PANTHERS 34, SAINTS 24.

PANTHERS: Williams 12 run at 8:23 (Gano kick). DRIVE: 1-12-0:06. KEY PLAY: Touchdown set up on 69-yard punt return by Armanti Edwards to Saints’ 12.PANTHERS 41, SAINTS 24.

SAINTS: Colston 9 pass from Brees at 5:10 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 10-81-3:13. KEY PLAYS: Brees 16-yard pass to Devery Henderson on the first play of the drive. Colston 14-yard catch to the Carolina 30. Moore 17-yard reception on fourth-and-10 to the Panthers’ 13. PANTHERS 41, SAINTS 31.

PANTHERS: Gano 42 field goal at 4:08. DRIVE: 4-5-1:02. KEY PLAY: Panthers’ Jordan Senn recovers onside kick attempt at Saints’ 44. PANTHERS 44, SAINTS 31.

SAINTS: Sproles 33 pass from Brees at 2:52. (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 4-80-1:16. KEY PLAYS: Brees 14-yard pass to Graham to Saints’ 43. Defensive pass interference call on Captain Munnerlyn to Carolina 33. PANTHERS 44, SAINTS 38.

FINAL SCORE: Panthers 44, Saints 38

RECORDS: Saints 7-9, Panthers 7-9


Sheldon Mickles