Saints rack up 523 yards of offense, outlast Panthers

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16: Brandin Cooks #10 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball for a first down against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 16, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Saints 2016 season has new life.

Drew Brees threw for 465 yards and four touchdown passes and rookie Wil Lutz kicked the game winning field goal of 52 yards with 11 seconds play as the Saints outlasted Carolina 41-38 Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Brees threw for 400 yards or more in a game for the 15th time, breaking the tie he had with Peyton Manning for most 400 plus yard passing games in NFL history.

The Saints won back to back games after losing three straight to start the season. Four of the Saints five games have been decided by three points, or less.

It didn’t appear that this one against Carolina would be one of them.

The Saints jumped to a 21-0 nothing lead. Tight end Coby Fleener scored on a 2 yard to give the Saints a 7-0 lead. That lead ballooned to 14-0 when Drew Brees hit wide receiver Brandin Cooks for an 87 yard touchdown pass.

Cooks had 173 yards in receptions in the game.

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But, Carolina rallied with 21 fourth quarter points. Cam Newton’s 2 yard run and subsequent two point pass to Devin Funchess tied the game at 38.

The Saints then drove to set up Lutz’s game winning field goal.

The Panthers fell to 1-5, after winning 15 games in the 2015 regular season, and the NFC championship.

Newton’s post game press conference last less than a minute and a half, before he departed hastily.