"Coming in to the game on their second three game losing streak of the season, the New Orleans Saints (4-7) did not appear to stand much of a chance against the undefeated Carolina Panthers (11-0). On paper, it was a clear mismatch and should be a routine win for the Panthers, especially considering how the Saints had played in recent weeks. The lore of the black and gold playing in the Superdome seems long gone, so it did not appear as if the game being at home caused for any more hope than usual. There was, however, the notion that divisional games are always tough, regardless of each teamís record. That held true, as Drew Brees and the Saints gave Cam Newton and the Panthers all that they could handle, holding the lead in a back and forth contest that was not settled until there was just a minute left on the clock. New Orleans was unable to hand Carolina their first loss and spoil their attempt at a perfect season, but it is hard to be disappointed with the effort that was seen, considering their last three performances."

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