Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints: Saints Win Shootout on a Lutz Game Winning FG

In a high scoring affair that lead to the final seconds of the game, The Saints come out victorious on a game winning field goal.

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CAROLINA PANTHERSpanthers

RECORD: 1-5

CONFERENCE RECORD: 0-3

NEXT OPPONENT: vs. Arizona Cardinals

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA

BETTING LINE: Saints (+3.5)

OVER/UNDER: 44

NEW ORLEANS SAINTSsaints

RECORD: 2-3

CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-1

NEXT OPPONENT: @ Kansas City Chiefs

FINAL LINE SCORE

  1 2 3 4 Final
N.O. Saints 14 10 7 10 41
Carolina Panthers 0 10 7 21 38

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints
Total Points 38
First Downs 32
Passing Yards 303
Rushing Yards 103
Total Yards 406
Avg. Yards Per Play 7.4
Redzone 5-6
Turnovers        2
Defensive Touchdowns 0
Possession 31:05

TOP PASSER:

Cam Newton

24/47 322 Yards 2 TD 1 INT

TOP RUSHER:

Jonathan Stewart

19 Rushes 85 Yards 2 TD

TOP RECEIVER:

Greg Olsen

9 Rec. 94 Yards

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:

Teddy Williams

6 Total Tackles 1 Int.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Wil Lutz

PLAYER STATS:

2 FGM / 3 FGA (52, 33)

There are many Saints that are deserving of player of the game including Brandin Cooks, Drew Brees, or even Craig Robertson but rookie kicker Wil Lutz stepped onto the turf with :16  seconds to attempt a 52 yard field goal in the Superdome; what makes him the player of the game is that he drilled it right down the middle with :11 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Saints their second victory of the season and their first in the NFC south. Wil Lutz, an undrafted free agent, was picked up by the Saints towards the end of training camp and has only attempted 8 field goals in his NFL career, undoubtedly attempting his hardest in week six. This was a must win game for the Saints coming off of a bye week and got it done at home behind the leg of their kicker.

New Orleans Saints

Total Points 41
First Downs 23
Passing Yards 460
Rushing Yards 63
Total Yards 523
Avg. Yards Per Play 7.4
Redzone ¾
Turnovers        1
Defensive Touchdowns 0
Possession 28:55

TOP PASSER:

Drew Brees

34/49 465 Yards 4 TDs 1 Int.

TOP RUSHER:

Mark Ingram

16 Rush 51 Yards

TOP RECEIVER:

Brandin Cooks

7 Rec. 173 Yards 1 TD

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:

Craig Robertson

12 Total Tackles 4 Solo 1 Fumble Recovery

Carolina Panthers Key Position Ratings

TIGHT ENDS:8/10

Greg Olsen once again led the Panthers in receiving yards (94) and was Cam Newton’s outlet for most of the game. He has taken hold of the title “Tight End Elite” after his campaign last year and is adding to his resume in 2016. Look for Olsen to remain a focus for the Panthers’ offense.

DEFENSIVE LINE: 5/10

The Panthers were humbled for the majority of the game and only generated one sack against Drew Brees and the Saints offense. Brees torched the Panthers’ defense and was largely in part due to a weak pass rush. Carolina must find their 2015 form upfront if they hope to find success later this season.

SECONDARY: 6/10

It is always a tough task to matchup against Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense. Although Brees eclipsed 450 yards passing, the Panthers’ defense, as a whole, struggled. They did manage to generate one turnover thanks to an interception by Terry Williams at the beginning of the fourth. They still have many questions to answer looking forward but had some bright spots to build off of.

GAME ANALYSIS

The Panthers traveled to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints, coming off of a bye. Both teams were in dire need of a win and showed it as they took the field. After dropping 21 straight, the Panthers battled back in shootout fashion to tie the game at 38 late in the fourth quarter. The comeback story was spoiled as Wil Lutz teed up and put the ball through the uprights from 52 yards out with 11 seconds remaining.

The Carolina Panthers came off of a short week but had two key starters returning to the lineup in week six (Cam Newton & Jonathan Stewart). After starting out slow, the Panthers steamed back in the second half thanks to a stellar performance from Carolina’s run game. Carolina’s defense however was in shambles as New Orleans put 41 on them.  Giving up 465 yards through the air, Brees was nearly unstoppable and willed a win away from Carolina. On a day that seemed like nothing was going right for the Panthers, they were in it till the end.

On the opposite sideline, Sean Payton must be proud of his young roster for gutting out a late fourth quarter win. Behind the arm of Drew Brees and the leg of Wil Lutz, the Saints offense managed to generate 41 against a “good” Panthers defense and received their first win of the season in the NFC. Although the Saints sit at 2-3, they have momentum headed to Kansas City in week seven and look to build off of their newfound success.

Play(s) of the Game:

  • 8 yard touchdown catch by Josh Hill (4th quarter)
  • 52 yard field goal by Wil Lutz (Game – winner)

New Orleans Saints Key Position Ratings

OFFENSIVE LINE: 8/10

The Saints’ offensive line looked as it should coming out of the bye week. Only allowing one sack and five hurries, Drew Brees had an immaculate day behind center, throwing four touchdowns and 465 yards. Although the Saints had a rough day rushing the ball, they found a way to generate 41 points on offense and win at home.

SECONDARY: 7/10

When facing an MVP caliber quarterback mistakes will be made but New Orleans’ secondary disrupted many of Newton’s throws and forced him into one interception in the second quarter that ultimately stole a possible Carolina touchdown. The Saints showed tenacity and held their ground with a injuries at both corners.

COACHING: 8/10

Sean Payton did an excellent job preparing his team during the bye week. The offense was firing on all cylinders and Drew Brees was “en fuego” in the Superdome. The defense still had struggles but remained aggressive throughout. The Saints’ coaching staff must carry over their confidence against a tough Chiefs team next week.

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Author Details
Beau Kirkbride is a student at The Ohio State University, where he studies Sports Industry and Management. Growing up a Saints and Buckeyes fan, football is his passion.
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Beau Kirkbride is a student at The Ohio State University, where he studies Sports Industry and Management. Growing up a Saints and Buckeyes fan, football is his passion.

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