Panthers Vs. Saints: Records Keep Falling As Saints Keep Winning

The Saints can lock up the NFC's No. 2 seed -- and the first-round bye that comes with it -- if they win and the 49ers somehow lose to the lowly Rams. At the very least, Drew Brees will add to his NFL record for passing yards in a season. For more on this game, check out Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.

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NFL Scores Week 17: Panthers Vs. Saints, Records Fall As New Orleans Romps

Darren Sproles sets all-purpose yardage record, Jimmy Graham temporarily sets tight end receiving yardage record and Drew Brees pads his passing yardage record as the Saints beat up on the Panthers.

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Panthers Vs. Saints: Darren Sproles Breaks All-Purpose Yardage Record

Darren Sproles' contribution to the New Orleans Saints is obvious if you're paying attention. But if you only look at his rushing or receiving numbers, you might miss the bigger picture. On Sunday, he made sure he'll be remembered for at least something as he broke Derrick Mason's all-purpose yardage record that was set in 2000. Sproles picked up the record-breaking yardage on a rush up the middle, giving him 168 yards for the day and 2,695 for the season.

Making the record all the more impressive was how many yards Sproles needed to pick up on the season's final day. Sproles started the day 163 yards short of Mason's 2,690 and was sitting in fourth-place on the all-time list. He passed Lionel James relatively early and then blazed past Michael Lewis in the third quarter.

Just for good measure, Sproles scored a touchdown. He now has 10 all-purpose touchdowns on the season, with his final one coming on Drew Brees' fifth touchdown pass of the day.

For more on this game, check out Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.

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VIDEO: Jimmy Graham Scores, Sets Receiving Yardage Record

Jimmy Graham's spectacular season is officially one for the record books. The New Orleans Saints tight end just scored his 11th touchdown of the season, but the record-breaking play came a little later. Graham's next catch gave him 79 yards for the day and 1,291 for the season. That catch put him one yard beyond Kellen Winslow, who set the record in 1980. Here's a look at his touchdown, which put him within six yards of tying the record:

Graham's touchdown was also Drew Brees' third of the day and he has already thrown his fourth. That gives him 45 touchdown passes for the season, still well short of Tom Brady's record of 50, but who knows with the way this is going?

It should be noted that it might not be enough to hold the record for very long. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski started the day with 1,219 yards and currently has 43 yards.

For more on this game, check out Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.

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VIDEO: Panthers, Saints Keep Exchanging Big Plays

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers seem to find themselves in exciting games. So, it stands to reason that they are putting on quite a show on Sunday. The two teams keep exchanging touchdowns with the Saints currently leading 24-17 at halftime.

A pair of plays toward the end of the half have pretty well encapsulated the game. The first was from Jonathan Stewart, who scored from 29 yards out, working his way through a rather hole-filled defense. The Saints defense has already allowed more than 130 yards rushing in the half with Stewart picking up 68 of those on just six carries.

But the Saints came right back on the next position and took back the lead on Drew Brees' 43rd touchdown of the season and his second to Marques Colston this afternoon. Brees basically tossed the ball up from 42 yards and Colston fought off the defender to bring it in. Brees now has 249 yards passing and Colston has 129 yards receiving at the half.

For more on this game, check out Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.

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VIDEO: Drew Brees Does His Thing, Tosses Another Touchdown

Drew Brees isn't going to catch Tom Brady for the single-season touchdown passing record, but he seems to be giving it the good ol' college try. Heading into the final game needing nine touchdown passes to equal Brady's record of 50, Brees tossed his first touchdown of the game in the first quarter. It was a beauty too, hitting Marques Colston in the back of the end zone.

The Saints defense continues to be a rather big question, and they have already given up a touchdown in this one, but that offense is practically unstoppable. The touchdown pass to Colston was the Saints 12th play from scrimmage. It was the eighth one that had gone for at least 10 yards. That includes both of their touchdowns.

While Brees won't catch Brady, he is building on his NFL record for passing yards in a season. He already has 91 yards and will almost certainly pass the 5,200-yard mark.

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VIDEO: Chris Ivory Scores Early Touchdown For Saints

The New Orleans Saints are, once again, off to a blazing start on Sunday. Facing the Carolina Panthers in their season-finale, and needing a win to have any chance to get a first-round bye, the Saints needed just four plays to take a 7-0 lead. Backup running back Chris Ivory made the drive's big play, rushing the final 35 yards for his first touchdown of the season.

Ivory has not a huge part of the Saints' offense this year, playing in just his sixth game of the season. Since returning to the field in Week 8, though, he has slowly worked himself back into the fold. This will be his fourth straight game with at least 35 yards rushing and he has averaged 49.4 yards rushing in his first five games.

It's unlikely that he's going to be a huge part of the Saints offense in the playoffs, but getting him going is clearly nothing but a good thing.

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Panthers Vs. Saints: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

The Saints still have playoff seeding to play for in Week 17.

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NFL Picks And Predictions Week 17: Panthers Vs. Saints

If the Saints want to better their playoff position, they'll want to beat the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

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NFL Odds And Lines Week 17: Panthers Vs. Saints

The New Orleans Saints still need a win to get a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Carolina Panthers would like to get back a game they nearly had early in the season.

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