The Saints threw it well, ran it well and defended well. They held an opponent scoreless in the first half of a road game for the first time since Week 6 of the 2010 season, against the Buccaneers.
Brees and Graham on target
Drew Brees was 7-for-7 for 83 yards and six first downs when targeting Jimmy Graham. It was the ninth time in Graham’s career that he has caught every pass on which he was targeted, and the second in which he had at least six targets.
Graham now has a touchdown catch in each of his past six games against the Panthers.
Ingram goes for 100, again
Mark Ingram had 30 carries for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s rushed for 272 yards in his past two games, the first Saints player with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Deuce McAllister in 2006.
Ingram had 52 yards after contact, one week after racking up 92 yards after being hit.
The Saints had three rushing touchdowns between the tackles, including both of Ingram’s. They had only four rushing scores between the tackles all season entering the game.
Newton not sharp
Cam Newton’s 10 completions were the fewest in his career, and his 36 percent completion percentage was a career low.
Newton had nine overthrows, his most in a game this season and tied for the second-most in a game in his career.
Newton was 2-for-10 when targeting Kelvin Benjamin, his worst success rate targeting Benjamin all season.