Panthers vs. Saints: Full match highlights and reactions
The performance of a single player on the outcome of a match can be more than crucial. This was reflected in the impressive win of the Panthers in their extremely important match against Saints. The New Orleans Saintsâ€™ impressive performance was completely overshadowed by a single player, Cam Newton, whose superlative performance saw his side through.
At one time the Panthers looked in a precarious condition. They were feeling the pinch as Newton was ordered to undergo concussion testing during the third quarter.
After the match, a very excited looking Newton said, â€œI was fine. I was even teasing himâ€¦The referee did an unbelievable job with making sure I was all right. Numerous times he asked me to look him in his eye just to see if I was focused.â€
There is no denying the fact that Newtonâ€™s performance was crucial for Panthersâ€™ victory. Now the whole world seems to be praiseful for his impressive performance. Newton passed for five touchdowns, capped by a 15-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery with 1:05 to go, and the Panthers clinched the NFC South with a 41-38 victory over the Saints on Sunday. After his bravado and the eventual win for his side, a very excited looking Newton said, â€œI expected us to win the football gameâ€¦We’ve got to find ways moving forward not to put ourselves in this position. This was a wakeup call for us. And moving forward, we know we can’t just win games by us showing up.â€
But apparently he was not the only player who performed well. Drew Brees passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony returned a fumble 31 yards for a score, and also became the first NFL player to return a blocked extra-point kick for 2 points. The league made a rule change to allow such plays for the first time this season.