A lone, fourth-quarter landing was sufficient for the New Orleans Saints to tug off a 12-9 victory in opposition to the Carolina Panthers on Monday evening.
Drew Brees accomplished 23 of 35 passes for 203 yards with an interception for the N.F.C. South champion Saints (12-2), who overcame glitches on offense all through the sport. New Orleans can clinch home-field benefit all through the N.F.C. playoffs by successful one in all their closing two video games.
Carolina (6-Eight) has misplaced six straight video games, however the Panthers are nonetheless holding on to slim playoff hopes.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was enjoying with a sore shoulder, completed 16 of 29 for 131 yards and one interception.
Alvin Kamara’s 16-yard run with 12 minutes 12 seconds remaining was the one landing of the sport for the Saints, who trailed 7-6 earlier than that play. However Brees threw an interception on the 2-point conversion try, with cornerback Donte Jackson, a second-round draft decide on this yr’s draft, returning the decide practically the size of the sector to offer the two factors to Carolina.
New Orleans compelled a punt on Carolina’s ensuing possession, and the Saints chewed up greater than seven minutes on the following possession. The march included Kamara’s Three-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Panthers 14-yard line on the ultimate play earlier than the two-minute warning.
Nevertheless, Carolina obtained yet one more probability when Tommylee Lewis fumbled the ball out of the top zone with 1:44 left. The Panthers, who had exhausted their timeouts, moved the ball solely 19 yards earlier than turning it over on downs with Newton’s incomplete cross to Ian Thomas on fourth down.
The Panthers opened the scoring with a trick play, as working again Christian McCaffrey linked with tight finish Ed Manhertz for a 50-yard landing cross on fourth-and-2 snap late within the first quarter.
The Saints scored subject objectives on their subsequent two possessions, with Wil Lutz changing from 46 and 24 yards.
The rating remained 7-6 by means of the top of the primary half despite the fact that each groups threatened. The Saints began a drive close to midfield simply earlier than the two-minute warning, however Brees’s second cross of the drive was intercepted by James Bradberry.
The groups will meet once more in lower than two weeks within the regular-season finale.