1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2007
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- David Carr walked gingerly out of the locker room and bent down slowly, grimacing and holding his back straight as he placed a set of headphones in the pocket of a suitcase.Simply walking out of the Louisiana Superdome was a struggle once Sunday's game against the Saints ended. But a combination of pain pills, shots, grit and inspiration drawn from his teammates gave Carr enough strength to lead Carolina to a come-from-behind 16-13 victory.
The Saints have now been outscored 158-65 in their last five games dating back their 39-14 loss to the Bears in the NFC Championship. Sitting at 0-4, the Saints rank among the worst winless starts by a playoff team.
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|The Saints won this game in every area except the final score. Coach Sean Payton had an effective game plan that got the ball to RB Reggie Bush in several ways and made the Panthers defend him on all levels, and Bush was effective on the perimeter as both a runner and receiver. Payton called flares and sweeps to get Bush in space and create mismatches. New Orleans had several methodical drives that controlled the clock, but two miscues in the fourth quarter doomed the Saints. A blocked field goal due to defensive penetration and a low kick by the banged-up Olindo Mare, plus a late interception, let the Panthers steal the win on the road.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
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Mare is now 3-of-7 on field goals this season. Three of his four misses were from beyond 30 yards. ... Saints rookie running back Pierre Thomas, activated because of Deuce McAllister's season-ending knee injury two weeks ago, saw action for the first time in his career. He had four kickoff returns for 100 yards and one rush for 3 yards. ... In addition to his winner, Kasay had field goals of 23 and 35 yards. Kasay likes kicking in the Superdome, where he once made six field goals in a game to help the Panthers beat the Saints in 2004. ... Carr finished 10-of-17 passing for 119 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.1||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||08:11||John Kasay 23 Yd||3||0|
|FG||03:27||Olindo Mare 25 Yd||3||3|
|FG||11:22||John Kasay 35 Yd||6||3|
|FG||01:02||Olindo Mare 28 Yd||6||6|
|TD||12:18||Mike Karney 2 Yd Run (Olindo Mare Kick)||6||13|
|TD||03:53||Steve Smith 17 Yd Pass From David Carr (John Kasay Kick)||13||13|
|FG||00:00||John Kasay 52 Yd||16||13|