At least Panthers contributed to TD record

CHARLOTTE -- As badly as the Carolina Panthers looked on defense for much of Sunday night's 31-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints, it didn't hurt them in the NFL rankings.

And they helped set the NFL single-day record for touchdowns.

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The Panthers actually moved up a spot to first in the league against the run after holding New Orleans to 69 yards, with 38 of that coming on a run by Darren Sproles.

Despite giving up four touchdown passes and 313 yards passing, they moved up a spot to fifth in pass defense.

Despite giving up a season-high 31 points, they remained No. 1 in scoring defense with 188 point allowed (14.1 pg.). Seattle is second, allowing 205 (15.7).

It just so happened that Carolina's worst effort of the year came on a Sunday when there were a league single-day record 90 touchdowns.

The previous record was 87 on Dec. 30, 2012 (Week 17).

So at least the Panthers (9-4), who saw their eight-game winning streak end in embarrassing fashion, can take solace that they contributed to a record.