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Nice of the Saints to spot the Panthers two field goals in the first quarter only to put up 31 straight points. Playing on the road in the Superdome is among the toughest tasks in the NFL, so no shame in losing. Of course, it’s likely to cost Carolina a shot at a division title.

The Panthers might not avenge the loss in two weeks in Charlotte but at the very least it’s safe to say the rematch will be closer. Is that much of a solace for Carolina fans? Who cares? Carolina is almost certainly going to the playoffs this year after all looked lost a month into the season. They’ll be all right – provided they can find some blocking at some point.