Saints overcome stagnant offense as mistakes doom Panthers in crippling loss

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But critical mistakes throughout the game caught up with them at the end when the Saints offense woke up in the fourth quarter to secure a 12-9 win.

Carolina Panthers running back and Colorado-native Christian McCaffrey ran his way into the record books on Monday night.

For the Panthers, it's the sixth straight loss after a promising 6-2 start that has collapsed in disappointment.

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The Panthers say Taylor Heinicke will be starting as quarterback this Sunday against the Falcons, and next Sunday, December 30 against the black and gold.

The attempted two-point conversion failed, with Drew Brees intercepted by Donte Jackson and returned for two.

During Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, McCaffrey did what only one other player in the Super Bowl era has been able to do by posting 50 or more passing, rushing, and receiving yards in a single game. He was the only glimpse of offense that the Panthers had against the Saints and will continue to be the most important offensive piece in these last two games - especially with Cam Newton's shoulder situation. With 1:44 remaining, Carolina took over at their own 20-yard line and just seven plays later came the incompletion to Thomas which put the playoff chances of the Panthers on life support. There will be plenty of questions for head coach Ron Rivera and how to address the team's future in the offseason.

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