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Postgame Notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers | 2023 NFL Week 14

Postgame notes from the New Orleans Saints 2023 Week 14 game against the Carolina Panthers

Check out the game action shots from the New Orleans Saints game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season.
Check out the game action shots from the New Orleans Saints game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season.
  • The New Orleans Saints were victorious over the Carolina Panthers by a score of 28-6.
  • With the win, the Saints are now 6-7 and in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC South with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. New Orleans returns to action Sunday, Dec. 17, when it hosts the New York Giants. Kickoff at noon central time and the game will be regionally televised on FOX (WVUE-FOX 8 locally).
  • The Saints improved their home record in 2023 to 3-3.
  • With the Saints win, they improved their regular season record against Carolina to 30-28, 31-28, including a 2017 NFC Wild Card Playoff victory. The win gave them their first season sweep of the Panthers since 2020 and eighth overall.
  • While the Panthers offense was eight-of-20 (40.0%) on third down, the Saints allowed Carolina to convert only one-of-seven fourth down attempts (14.3%).
  • The Saints never trailed against the Panthers. This was the third contest where New Orleans kept an opponent out of the end zone in 2023, third time in four seasons this has happened (2020-2021, 2023).
  • The Black and Gold forced three fumbles, with two recovered, one of them returned for a touchdown. They also had an outstanding showing in the first half, giving up only 16 net passing yards.
  • The New Orleans offensive line gave up only one sack, having given up one or fewer takedowns in four straight games.
  • Quarterback Derek Carr completed 18 of 26 passes for 119 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a 88.5 passer rating. Carr also recorded his first series sweep as a starter with New Orleans and is 5-0 against Carolina as a starter.
  • Running back Alvin Kamara moved into a tie for 74th in career touchdowns (78) with running backs Eddie George and Steven Jackson and running back/quarterbackFrank Gifford and a tie for 67th in rushing touchdowns (54) with running backs Matt Forte, Arian Foster and former Saints George Rogers and Antowain Smith. Kamara finished with 56 rushing yards and the rushing score.
  • He also tallied three receptions on the day, which moves him ahead of Walter Payton on the career catches list (493).
  • Tight end Jimmy Graham caught his 88th career touchdown, a 4-yard grab, moving into a tie for 16th with former New York Jets wide receiver Don Maynard. Including a 12-yard reception for a first down, he had two grabs for 16 yards.
  • Wide receiver Chris Olave tallied 28 yards on four catches with one touchdown catch. With a club-best 918 receiving yards, Olave is 82 receiving yards from joining wide receivers Marques Colston (2006-07) and Michael Thomas (2016-17) as only the third Saint to open his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving campaigns.
  • Wide receiver A.T. Perry had a career-long 44-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
  • Wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. caught four passes for 24 yards, returned two punts for 23 yards and brought back a kickoff for a career-long 28 yards.
  • With the rushing attack of Kamara and running back Jamaal Williams, the Saints reached 100,000 rushing yards as a franchise. Williams finished with 11 carries for 43 yards.
  • Safety Jordan Howden was the leading tackler with a career-high 10 stops (team-best eight solo), while also recording a sack and a forced fumble.
  • Linebacker D'Marco Jackson had his first career fumble recovery and touchdown on a fourth down play, where linebacker Nephi Sewell forced Panthers punter Johnny Hekker to fumble prior to him getting a punt off. Jackson also added one special teams stop.
  • Linebacker Demario Davis tallied 1.5 sacks and eight tackles to join Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner and Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David among active players with 1,300 career tackles (1,305). Davis has 5.5 takedowns on the season, second on the team.
  • Safety Tyrann Mathieu started his 150th game against the Panthers, and he reached 750 tackles with his five stops.
  • Long snapper Zach Wood played in his 111th career game, moving past punter Tommy Barnhardt for sole possession of 36th on the club's games played list.
  • Defensive end Carl Granderson set a career high in sacks with 6.5 as he took down Panthers quarterback Bryce Young. He also recorded five tackles (four solo).
  • Cornerback Isaac Yiadom got the start and finished with two tackles (one solo) and a club-best three passes defensed.
  • Linebacker Pete Werner finished with two solo tackles and one fumble recovery.
  • Cornerback Alontae Taylor finished with six tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
  • As part of a five solo tackle day, cornerback Paulson Adebo made a heads up play, running down Panthers running back Miles Sanders on a 48-yard run at the New Orleans 1-yard line, to prevent Carolina from reaching the end zone.

Check out the game action shots from the New Orleans Saints game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season.

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