September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) points as he runs out of the pocket in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Saints Move To 0-2 After Loss To Panthers

The Saints couldn't keep up with the Panthers and lost, 35-27.

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Saints Vs. Panthers Game Recap: Cam Newton Leads Carolina To 35-27 Win

The Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints by a score of 35-27 Sunday behind the arm and legs of quarterback Cam Newton. The second-year player out of Auburn was efficient while scoring a touchdown on the ground and through the air.

The Saints jumped on top 7-0 early in the first quarter when Drew Brees connected with Jimmy Graham on a one-yard touchdown pass that capped an 11-play, 80-yard opening drive.

Panthers strong safety Charles Godfrey tied the game when he picked off Brees for a nine-yard score. The Saints responded with two field goals to push their lead to 13-7, but it was all Carolina from there.

Carolina came back with three-straight touchdown drives to blow the game open. The Saints recovered to pull within 28-20 in the fourth, but the Panthers answered immediately with a 6-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a Newton touchdown run that built the lead to 35-20.

The Saints closed to 35-27 late, but were unable to recover the onside kick. New Orleans did get one last chance, but Brees threw another interception.

Fantasy studs/duds: The quarterbacks made things happen passing the ball and rushing the ball. Newton completed 14/20 for 253 yards with a touchdown and also carried 13 times for 71 yards and a touchown. Brees was 31/49 for 325 and a touchdown while also rushing for a score. His two interceptions do hurt.

The Panthers defense forced three turnovers and scored, so hooray for their owners. The Saints defense forced a turnover, but gave up plenty of yards and didn't score, Not a great day.

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Odds/Gambling The Saints were favored, so obviously they didn't cover.

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Injury info The gave was relatively free of injuries. Brees looked to go down with a leg injury, but didn't leave the game. Wide receiver Steve Smith was carted off at one point, but it turned out to just be dehydration and cramping.

Next Up: The Saints return home to face the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Panthers host the New York Giants at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday Night Football.

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Steve Smith Injury: Panthers' WR Carted Off In Game Vs. Saints

The Carolina Panthers have received a scare during the third quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints as star wide receiver Steve Smith had to leave the game after his leg cramped up due to dehydration.


Smith had to be carted to the locker room where the training staff went to work getting him fluids. Shortly after, he returned to the sideline to rejoin the team.

Smith was suffering from a sore knee during the week leading up to the game, which caused many to believe that it was the culprit in him leaving the game today. It has been fine, however, and he is hoping to get back in the game soon.

During today's game, Smith has two receptions for 38 yards on the afternoon.

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New Orleans Saints Vs Carolina Panthers: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction

Carolina has lost 18 of its last 19 games as an underdog, a role they find themselves in at home to the Saints in Week 2. But is the total the best play of the day?

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