"It wasn't my head", Newton said. "You just sense it around your team you get to this stage of the season, the experience these guys have varies". Anderson came in for one third down play and was almost intercepted.
Saints head coach Sean Payton simply marvels at Brees' ability to dissect coverages. Brees couldn't find anyone open and threw it up for grabs.
A 58-yard field goal by Graham Gano kept Carolina within striking distance, though.
Still, Newton completed three straight passes to move the Panthers to the Saints 26-yard line with 58 seconds left before New Orleans' resistance stiffened.
"I'm not here to make that type of judgment", Jordan said in the Saints' postgame locker room. "I think it broke the seal for us offensively and, obviously, got the crowd rolling". "If a team is going to do that, then I feel like with the matchups we have outside, there should be opportunities".
With the Panthers in position for their first lead, Newton was called for intentional grounding, which cost 13 yards, a loss of down and a 10-second runoff.
"He's a Hall of Fame quarterback", Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. "We romped him good".
Certainly, Jordan expects a different game that Week 1, when the Saints had one sack by Jordan against then-starter Sam Bradford.
"We did everything the right way", Hurney said.
New Orleans' next game comes one day before Brees turns 39 years old, and will come one week after the veteran quarterback reminded everyone he's still capable of big passing days if opposing defenses sell out to stop the Pro Bowl running back tandem of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
We know this much: the New Orleans Saints are moving on. That put the offense in the unenviable position of playing catch-up, but it was Newton who spearheaded a rally that came up just a few yards short.
C Special teams: Graham Gano, the NFL's most accurate FG kicker in the regular season, missed a 25-yarder in the first quarter. "You can't be more happy with how we. finished the game", said Jordan, who had a sack and two pass defenses earlier in the game after hitting double digits in both departments this season. Just two plays later, who else but former Panther Ted Ginn to catch a bomb from Drew Brees (13/18, 230 yards, two touchdowns) for an 80-yard touchdown, putting the Saints up 7-0? It was also the longest play from scrimmage allowed by Carolina this season. After that game, Jordan was asked about Newton's performance. As he tried to walk off the field he stopped and sat on the ground near the Panthers' sideline where team doctors attended to him.
Still, the Panthers had a first down on the Saints 21 with 41 seconds left.
The NFL said it planned to discuss the matter with the Panthers medical staff before commenting further.
A change in the National Football League concussion protocol enacted last month states: "A player who stumbles and/or falls to the ground when trying to stand, unrelated to an orthopedic injury, should be sent directly to the locker room to undergo the standard locker room exam". "They should go out and win this game for the 2017 team and for themselves and for their coaches".
The Saints will visit Minnesota next Sunday in a National Conference semi-final game with Atlanta at top seed Philadelphia next Saturday.