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12-2, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

It's crazy to think the Saints got “snubbed” with five Pro Bowlers (QB Drew Brees, DE Cameron Jordan, C Max Unger, WR Michael Thomas and LT Terron Armstead). Especially considering they had zero initial selections in both 2016 and 2017, when they were in the midst of three straight 7-9 seasons. But they really could have dominated this list. RB Alvin Kamara and K Wil Lutz are the most notable snubs (Kamara ranks second in the NFL with 16 touchdowns and ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,487 yards from scrimmage – but he ranks fifth among NFC running backs in that category). On the flip side, QB Drew Brees has gotten plenty of love in his career. His 12th Pro Bowl selection puts him in a tie for ninth place among all players in league history. ... The Saints had a total of five first alternates as well. The NFL doesn't publish their names. But that means they could wind up with more Pro Bowlers -- assuming they don't make the Super Bowl instead.

15h

Faith In The Saints?

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Sarah Spain question if they have more or less faith in the Saints after last night, how worried the Panthers should be about Cam's shoulder, what they make of James Harden's uncalled travel and much more.

16h

Are You Worried About N.O ?

Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre question if the Saints should be worried that entire league has figured out their offense, if the Panthers should bench Cam Newton, discuss the Bulls getting into a ruckus with the Thunder and much more.

Stephen A. not as high on Saints after win vs. Panthers (1:08)
22h

Saints win,NFL Power Rankings.

Ryan Clark reacts to the Saints win over the Panthers. Plus, Jalen Rose runs the floor and Ryan delivers an epic NFL Power Rankings.

Ingram goes undercover to sell some Saints apparel (1:22)
Saints hang on to top Panthers on MNF (1:14)
McFarland: Saints showed 'tenacity' and 'resiliency' (1:19)
Saints hold on to win in wild fourth quarter (0:50)
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Payton, Brees now No. 2 coach/QB duo in wins

Sean Payton and Drew Brees won their 117th regular-season game together Monday night, passing Don Shula and Dan Marino for second place among coach/QB combos during the Super Bowl era.

Brees looks to clean up 'little mistakes' (1:37)
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Saints' D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, the Saints' defense put the clamps on Cam Newton and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Newton's pass on 4th down falls incomplete (0:26)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints survive -- and now they need just one more victory to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Good thing, too, considering how much their offense has struggled away from home over the past three weeks. Once again, their defense bailed them out (again and again and again) in a sloppy 12-9 win at Carolina. If all goes well, the Saints won't have to play outdoors again this year since their final two regular-season games are at home and the Super Bowl is at Atlanta.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints offense came up with its worst play of the night with a chance to ice the game with under two minutes remaining when WR Tommylee Lewis fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone while trying to lunge for a TD. The play would have been called back for holding regardless, but the Panthers get a chance to tie the game with a field goal now after the touchback.

Panthers force fumble for touchback (0:45)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints will have to finish out this game with a battered offensive line. Center Max Unger has been ruled out after being tested for a concussion. And left tackle Jermon Bushrod left with an unspecified injury. So the Saints now have left guard Andrus Peat playing left tackle (where he has ample experience). They have rookie Will Clapp playing left guard in his first career game as an active player. And they have second-year pro Cameron Tom at center.

Jackson takes INT on 2-point try to the house (0:47)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' offense finally put a good drive together, ending with a 16-yard TD run by Alvin Kamara -- only to follow immediately with their lowest moment of the night, an interception on the 2-point try that was returned all the way for a 2-point Panthers score instead. Drew Brees decided to throw up a low-percentage ball toward RB Alvin Kamara even though he was covered. Obviously it wasn't worth the risk.

Kamara speeds past defenders for the TD (0:27)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Yet another huge play by the Saints defense, which has been keeping this team afloat during a three-week offensive slump. Safety Vonn Bell punched the ball loose from Panthers WR DJ Moore at the end of a 24-yard run. Bell timed the punch beautifully as he charged Moore from behind.

Bell punches football loose, Saints recover (0:39)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More problems for the Saints' offense to start the second half. First, a 20-yard pass to Michael Thomas was nullified by offsetting penalties (including an unnecessary roughness penalty on Thomas). Then center Max Unger left the game with an unspecified injury on the same play. Then tight end Benjamin Watson was unable to hold onto a deep pass completion -- and the Saints lost a challenge trying to claim that he did. They ultimately punted. And they have now played only one good half of football on offense in the last three games.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Eli Apple came up with his biggest play yet since joining the Saints in a midseason trade with an interception in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Apple stayed inside of WR Devin Funchess the whole way and boxed him out for the interception. For the third week in a row, the Saints' surging defense has continued to bail out the lethargic Saints offense. Carolina had a total of 142 yards in the first half -- with 50 of them coming on Christian McCaffrey's trick play TD pass.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.5
Rushing Yards127.4
Points For32.81st
Points Against20.9

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(14)Marcus DavenportDEUTSA
3(27)Tre'Quan SmithWRUCF
4(27)Rick LeonardOTFlorida State
5(27)Natrell JamersonSWisconsin
6(15)Kamrin MooreCBBoston College
6(27)Boston ScottRBLouisiana Tech
7(27)Will ClappOGLSU