Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • NO 365
    • 222 CAR
  • Turnovers

    • NO 2
    • 1 CAR
  • Possession

    NO CAR
    21:12 38:48
  • 1st Downs

    • NO 20
    • 10 CAR

Game Information

Bank of America Stadium
,
Coverage: FOX
  • Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Line: CAR -2.5
Attendance: 73,825
100%
Capacity: 73,778
Referees: Gene Steratore
12/23/2013 Associated Press

Panthers clinch playoff spot on Cam's late TD

Cam Newton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds left to lift the Carolina Panthers to a 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints and clinch the team's first playoff berth since 2008.

Scoring Summary

FOX1234T
Saints060713
Panthers073717
second QuarterNOCAR
FG
10:53
Shayne Graham 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
8 plays, 45 yards, 4:22
30
FG
7:24
Shayne Graham 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
7 plays, 46 yards, 3:27
60
TD
1:54
Deangelo Williams 43 Yard Run
1 play, 43 yards, 0:09
66
XP
1:45
Graham Gano Kick is Good
1 play, 43 yards, 0:09
67
third QuarterNOCAR
FG
7:25
Graham Gano 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
7 plays, 44 yards, 3:33
610
fourth QuarterNOCAR
TD
6:43
Jimmy Graham 5 Yard Pass From Drew Brees
11 plays, 97 yards, 5:59
1210
XP
6:37
Shayne Graham Kick is Good
11 plays, 97 yards, 5:59
1310
TD
0:28
Domenik Hixon 14 Yard Pass From Cam Newton
5 plays, 65 yards, 0:32
1316
XP
0:23
Graham Gano Kick is Good
5 plays, 65 yards, 0:32
1317

Research Notes

  • Drew Brees was sacked six times and put under duress an additional nine times Sunday. Brees hadn't taken more than four sacks in a game this season, and the 15 dropbacks under pressure were his second most in a game this season. Brees failed to replicate his Week 14 success against Carolina's four-man rush.

  • The Panthers went 0-of-9 on third down Sunday, becoming the first team to win without a third down conversion since the 2011 Panthers (Week 16 vs TB). Newton was 1-of-5 passing with three sacks on third down Sunday.

  • Cam Newton went 3-of-5 on the Panthers' final drive, passing for 65 yards. Entering the drive the Panthers had gained just 60 total yards in the second half.

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