In winning their first road game of the 2014 season, New Orleans improves to 4-4 and takes over first place in the NFC South at the season's midway point. The Saints will return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a three-game home stand, starting with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 9. Kickoff is noon CT.
· New Orleans improves its record to 24-10 in prime time since 2006 and 2-1 in 2014. New Orleans evens up its all-time record on Thursday nights at 4-4 with a road victory for the second consecutive season. Their next prime-time appearance will take place vs. Baltimore on "Monday Night Football" on Nov. 24. Overall, the Saints have a 39-37 record on prime time.
· The Saints improve to 19-20 in the all-time series against Carolina. They are 10-9 all-time at Bank of America Stadium, but this is their first win in Charlotte since a 30-27 victory on Oct. 9, 2011.
· The 89 yards allowed by the New Orleans defense in the first half was the fewest allowed by the Saints in a half since giving up 81 yards at Buffalo on Sept. 27, 2009.
· The Saints outgained the Panthers 375-231 and eclipsed 100 yards on the ground for the seventh time this season. The Saints also gained 27 first downs to Carolina's 15.
· QB Drew Brees completed 24 of 34 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 94.9. He also carried twice for four yards, including a one-yard touchdown, his first of the season and the 13th of his 14-year career.
· Brees made his 135th start and appearance as a Saint, moving him into sole possession of 17h place on the club's all-time games played list.
· RB Mark Ingram had 30 rushes for 100 yards, his second consecutive game eclipsing the 100-yard mark, with two touchdowns to tie a career-high. He also added one reception for 10 yards.
· Ingram became the first Saint to record back to back 100-yard rushing games since running back Deuce McAllister did so in 2006 (136 vs. San Francisco on 12/3 and 111 at Dallas on 12/10).
· TE Jimmy Graham's second-quarter touchdown reception was his 46th career TD catch from Brees. The duo now ranks third in NFL history for quarterback/tight end combinations, breaking a tie with Drew Bledsoe and Ben Coates. Overall, Graham had a team-leading seven receptions for 83 yards, with 347 career receptions, moving past Lance Moore into fourth place on the club's all-time list. With 4,381 career receiving yards, he moves into fifth place on the club's all-time list past Devery Henderson.
· WR Kenny Stills had five receptions for 72 yards.
· WR Marques Colston appeared in his 125th NFL game, putting him in sole possession of 24th place on the club's all-time games played list. Colston had three receptions for 36 yards to increase his club-record career catches total to 635, moving him into for 53rd all-time in NFL record books. In increasing his club-record yardage total to 8,781, he surpassed Mark Carrier to move into 65th place all-time.
· RB Travaris Cadet had three receptions for 29 yards, also rushing twice for one yard.
· G Jahri Evans played in and started his 134th career game, putting him in a tie for 18th on the club's all-time games played list with quarterback Archie Manning and tight end John Tice.
· The Saints have scored a touchdown in 137 consecutive regular-season games, now sole possession of the third-longest streak in NFL history. The Saints' streak began with the last game of the 2005 season. The Cleveland Browns (166, 1957-69) and San Diego Chargers (151, 2002-10) are the only teams with longer streaks.
· DE Cameron Jordan had his fourth sack of the season late in the second quarter. Jordan has six sacks against the Panthers in his four-year career, more than against any other opponent.
· OLB Junior Galette had four tackles (three solo), two sacks and one forced fumble. His first sack of Panthers QB Cam Newtontook place in the second quarter and helped set up the first touchdown of the game, an Ingram touchdown run. Galette recorded his second sack in the fourth quarter
· Galette's now has a team-leading six sacks on season, tied for 10th in the NFL.
· DE Akiem Hicksposted four tackles (two solo) and a fourth-quarter sack of Newton, his first quarterback takedown of the season.
· CB Corey White's second quarter interception was his team-leading and career-high second of the season and fourth of his three-year career. With two picks, White is tied for 14th in the NFL in interceptions. White also had three solo tackles and two passes defensed.
· ILB Curtis Loftonhad seven tackles (one solo) and a second quarter fumble recovery. It was the fourth fumble recovery of Lofton's career and his first since 2012.
· S Rafael Bushhad a team-leading eight tackles (six solo).
· CB Patrick Robinsonappeared in his 50th career game and had one assisted tackle, two passes defensed and one special teams stop.
· CB Keenan Lewishad three solo tackles and a team-leading three passes defensed.
· P Thomas Morstead punted four times for 187 yards with both gross and net punting averages of 46.8.