Saints rout Panthers, take lead in NFC South

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saints helmetSix days after their worst performance of the season, the Saints were at their best.

New Orleans scored 21 second quarter points and rolled over Carolina 31-13 Sunday night. The Saints, 10-3, took a one game lead over the Panthers in the NFC South with three to play.

New Orleans ran its record to 7-0 at home, and 4-1 in prime time.

The Saints were able to quickly shake off a Monday night drubbing at Seattle, a trip that included a stay over till Tuesday morning because of problems with the team’s charter airplane.

You see too many examples every year in the league of a team has a good week, has a bad week. You can’t be like that if you want to achieve what everyone is trying to achieve,” said offensive tackle Zach Strief. “You have to be consistent in your preparation and think we have done a good job of doing that.”

Brees threw touchdown passes of 6 and 15 yards in the second quarter to Marques Colston, With :18 to play in the first half, Brees capped the quarter with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.

Brees threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Graham in the 4th quarter. Brees threw for 313 yards, becoming only the 5th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50,000 yards.

The Saints held Carolina to 239 yards, and a long gain of 19 yards.

The Saints had 5 quarterback sacks, 3 by Junior Gallette and 2 by Cam Jordan.