The Series: With the 16-14 victory, the Saints won for the second time in their last three games against the Panthers, who lead the all-time series 17-14. Carolina and New Orleans will meet again later this season at Bank of America Stadium on Nov. 7.
Paws for Clausen: Quarterback
Double Trouble: Running backs
Williams compiled a team-high 86 yards rushing on 13 carries with one touchdown, scoring on a 39-yard cutback run in the third quarter, and added one catch for 14 yards. He leads the Panthers with 266 yards and one touchdown on 56 attempts this season.
Stewart made a career-long 55-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, Carolina's longest offensive play this season. It also marked his second career receiving touchdown. Stewart carried seven times for 21 yards and has posted 89 yards on 28 attempts this season.
Smith ranks first on the Panthers with 13 catches for 174 and two touchdowns this season. Both of Rosario's catches resulted in first downs. Of his 59 career receptions, 40 (67.8 percent) have yielded a first down or touchdown. Gettis kept Carolina's final drive alive with a 16-yard catch on fourth down as he skillfully tap-danced along the sideline to get both feet in bounds.
Takeaway/Giveaway: Carolina forced two turnovers on two fumbles. Safety
With two fumble recoveries, Anderson tied the team record for the most opponents' fumbles recovered in a game, previously accomplished five times - most recently by Ricky Manning, Jr. at Atlanta (1/1/06).
The Panthers turned it over once on one fumble to finish with a plus-one turnover ratio. The two takeaways resulted in no points for Carolina, and the one giveaway led to three points for New Orleans. The Panthers have a negative-five turnover ratio this season, compiling an 0-1 record when having a positive turnover margin and an 0-3 record when having a negative turnover margin.
Sakrete Sacks: The Panthers collected two sacks against the Saints and have gathered four this season. Defensive end
During the 2010 season, Sakrete, a leader in concrete and concrete-related products, is donating $100 to the BVC Playground Build for every sack Carolina records. Through four games, $400 has been raised.
The Specialists: Kicker
Table Setter: Running back
Inactives: The following eight players were inactive for the Panthers: wide receiver
House Of Blues: The Panthers wore their blue alternate jerseys for the first time this season and 16th time overall since debuting them in 2002. This marked the first time in franchise history that Carolina has ever sported the blue jerseys indoors. The Panthers own a 7-9 regular season record when wearing the blue tops. Carolina will also wear the blue jerseys this year at home versus San Francisco (10/24/10).
Claw Marks: Carolina only conducted 47 offensive plays, which equaled the third fewest in team history, previously accomplished three times - most recently versus Dallas (12/22/07). The record for fewest plays is 42 versus Cincinnati (9/26/99) followed by 45 at St. Louis (11/11/01).
Fleur-de-Lis: The Saints' 27 first downs (nine rushing, 16 passing and two penalty) equaled the second most ever allowed by Carolina, previously accomplished five times - most recently by Dallas (10/29/06). The most first downs allowed by the Panthers is 28 at Oakland (12/24/00)...New Orleans generated an 18-play drive in the fourth quarter that consumed nine minutes and 25 seconds and resulted in John Carney's game-winning 25-yard field goal. The 18 plays are the fourth most ever allowed on a drive by an opponent. The Saints have produced three of the top four drives against the Panthers with series lasting 24 and 19 plays at New Orleans (10/7/07)...Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 33 passes, the fourth-most ever by an opposing quarterback against Carolina. The most completions by an opponent is 35 by Kurt Warner for Arizona (10/19/08).
Ball Control: The Saints converted eight-of-14 third-down attempts, enabling them to hold a 16-minute, 44-second advantage in time of possession for the game. New Orleans kept the ball for 19:46 in the first half - including 10:40 in the first quarter and 9:06 in the second quarter, and 18:36 in the second half - including 9:09 in the third quarter and 9:27 in the fourth quarter.