Newton’s 3 TDs lead Panthers past Saints 27-22

New Orleans was plagued by three dropped passes on the day, two of them by wideout Marques Colston.


But after New Orleans missed the extra point, Carolina came right back with quarterback Cam Newton connecting with tight end Greg Olsen for his second TD of the game to give Carolina its first lead at 17-16. It isn’t possible to see what Hochuli said, but he can be seen talking to Newton and then the quarterback’s shocked reaction.

Meanwhile, punter Thomas Morstead, who had underperformed so far this season by his standards, redeemed himself this week by posting a 46-yard average on two punts, both of which were downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line.

“I’m extremely optimistic so I felt like it was going to be a magical healing as we went along”, Brees said.

McCown’s exception completion rate (81.5 percent) and 310 yards were not enough to overcome what was, for the third time in as many games, an unstoppably efficient performance by an opposing quarterback.

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton celebrates his touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Deciding that he’d have to miss the first start of his Saints career wasn’t easy for Brees, a fact he admitted to Fox reporters in preparation for the broadcast. Brees was not starting the game. Spiller was not too active in the game on Sunday, but he should continue to get more work after returning from an injury.

At first I thought Hochuli said the comment in jest to Newton but judging from his reaction; this was no joke to him.

“But our margin of error isn’t that good to overcome”.

McCown started fast, completing 14 of 15 passes for 100 yards on the first two drives, using shot passes underneath the coverage. Ingram leads rushing. He has delivered 39 yards, one touchdown run, and 10 carries.

But Newton and Olsen battled back.

The Panthers took advantage after getting the ball back just before the two-minute warning. “He high pointed it and made a good play”.

Cornerback Josh Norman continued what appears to be a lucrative contract drive, with an interception in the end zone to kill the Saints comeback chances. He was credited with only one tackle in the game, but his impact often looms much larger. “It’s what I can do with my arm”, he said. “For us, the preparation, they’re coming off of a tough loss, so it’s important”.

“It was putting a lot of pressure on us”, Newton said.

This Saints defense has allowed an average of a first down’s worth of yardage on every opposing pass attempt this season.

Cam Newton should be happy, since his Carolina Panthers are 3-0 after beating the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Hochuli’s response, according to Newton: “You’re not old enough to get that call”.

“I’m looking at (Hochuli) like, What?” I didn’t think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that, ‘ ” Newton said in his postgame press conference.

“Officials make decisions based upon the play on the field, and no other factors”, National Football League spokesman Michael Signora said.


NOTES: Panthers DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) and RB Jonathan Stewart (leg) left the game in the second half with injuries and did not return….

Carolina Panthers Cam Newton celebrates his touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte N.C. Sunday Sept. 27 2015