- MADDEN MATCHUP: PANTHERS AT SAINTS
Who's going to win?
Each week inside the NFL, fans and media members alike share their opinions and make their game picks.
This year, Panthers.com is showing you what Madden 18 has to say. This week, the Panthers pay a visit to the Saints within a showdown for 1st place within the NFC South. The Panthers began powerful but the Saints finished stronger, rolling to a 35-21 victory.
Carolina controlled the very first quarter-plus of action, jumping on prime with a Graham Gano 52-yard field objective, then extending its lead to 10-0 on a 1-yard plunge by Jonathan Stewart. From there, although, the Saints scored 35 of subsequent 38 points, including a quartet of touchdowns from their talented duo of operating backs.
Mark Ingram got it going using a 1-yard touchdown run, the first of 3 second-quarter touchdowns that earned the Saints a 21-13 edge. Alvin Kamara scored on an 18-yard reception out of the backfield, then wide receiver Michael Thomas capped the half having a 5-yard scoring catch.
The onslaught continued within the third quarter, with the passing of Drew Brees (who completed with exactly 300 yards) setting up Ingram for a pair of 1-yard scores to break the game open. The Panthers got a 2-yard touchdown run in addition to a two-point conversion run from quarterback Cam Newton in the fourth quarter, however it just wasn't sufficient.