THUMBS UP

Saints QB Luke McCown

In his first start since 2011, the veteran backup completed 16 of 17 passes in the first half and 31 of 38 for the game for 310 yards.

THUMBS UP

Panthers TE Greg Olsen

After burning the Saints for 10 catches for 72 yards and a TD in the last meeting, he outdid himself with eight catches for 134 yards and two TDs.

THUMBS UP

Saints G Senio Kelemete

In his first career start, the third-year man helped keep McCown upright all day, save for an out-of-bounds scramble to the line ruled a sack.

THUMBS DOWN

Saints CB Brandon Browner

His lone penalty (he had four last week) helped sustain the Panthers’ go-ahead TD drive. And he was twice burned for gains of 50-plus yards.