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This week's Thursday night game features a pair of NFC South rivals as the Saints travel to take on the Panthers. The two teams are tied atop the division with records of 3-4. No other division leader is fewer than two games above .500.

By SI Wire
October 28, 2014

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

This week's Thursday night game features a pair of NFC South rivals as the Saints travel to take on the Panthers. The winner of the game will take control of first place in the NFC South: The Saints are currently 3-4, while the Panthers are 3-4-1. No other division leader is fewer than two games above .500, but the NFC South has no teams with a .500 record. 

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.


How to watch

Details for Thursday's game are below:

Kickoff: 8:25 p.m.

Live stream: The game can be streamed live here.

TV coverage: NFL Network

Radio: For a list of Saints affiliates, click here. For a list of Panthers affiliates, click here.

Season Recap

New Orleans Saints

Week 8: Saints 44, Packers 23

The Saints improved to 3-0 at home with a win over the Packers on Sunday Night Football. They recorded season-highs with 44 points and 193 rushing yards. Brees completed 27 of 32 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie Brandin Cooks was the team's leading receiver, with six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also had a four-yard rushing touchdown. 

Week 7: Lions 24, Saints 23 

Detroit scored two late touchdowns to earn a one-point win over the Saints. The first was a 73-yard strike from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate. The second came after Drew Brees threw an interception to set the Lions offense up in the red zone. Brees had a chance to redeem himself with a drive in the final two minutes, but he picked up only one first down.

Week 6: Bye

Week 5: Saints 37, Buccaneers 31

New Orleans needed to mount a late comeback in order to force overtime after giving up 24 unanswered points to the Bucs. Shayne Graham hit a game-tying 44-yard field goal with 2:35 left in regulation and Khiry Robinson had an 18-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of overtime to give the Saints the win.

Week 4: Cowboys 38, Saints 17

The Cowboys raced to a 24-0 halftime lead behind a pair of touchdown passes from Tony Romo to Terrance Williams. The early deficit forced New Orleans to all but abandon its running game. The Saints ran the ball 13 times and threw 44 passes. They also turned the ball over three times.

Week 3: Saints 20, Vikings 9

Drew Brees threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns while finishing the game with a passer rating of 120.3. Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks led the Saints in receiving with eight catches for 74 yards. Marques ColstonJosh Hill and Pierre Thomas recorded the team's touchdowns. 

Week 2: Browns 26, Saints 24

The Saints outgained the Browns and had a longer time of possession, but two turnovers -- a Drew Brees interception and Khiry Robinson fumble -- opened the door for Cleveland, who went on to win the game on a field goal with three seconds remaining. Mark Ingram recorded 83 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while Jimmy Graham was Brees' top target with ten catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 1: Falcons 37, Saints 34

Matt Bryant hit a 51-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and then kicked a 52 yard game-winner in overtime. Drew Brees threw for 333 yards and a touchdown, along with an interception. Mark Ingram rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Khiry Robinson and rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks added the other two scores.


Week 8: Seahawks 13, Panthers 9

The only touchdown scored in the game came in the final minute, when Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown to Jermaine Kearse. Cam Newton was sacked twice on the Panthers' final drive, and Carolina turned the ball over on downs. Carolina converted just two of ten third down opportunities. 

Week 7: Packers 38, Panthers 17

Green Bay led 28-3 at the half and never looked back. The Packers eventually extended their lead to 38-3 before a pair of fourth quarter Carolina touchdowns narrowed the gap. 

Week 6: Panthers 37, Bengals 37

Cincinnati's Mike Nugent missed a 36-yard field as time expired in overtime and the game ended in a tie. This is the third consecutive NFL season with a tied game. Cam Newton threw for 284 yards and rushed for 107 more, with three total touchdowns. 

Week 5: Panthers 31, Bears 24

Despite missing their three top running backs, Carolina beat the Bears to improve to 3-2. The Panthers were out-gained 327-321, but Chicago committed 10 penalties for 80 yards. 

Week 4: Ravens 38, Panthers 10

Steve Smith Sr. burned the Panthers in his first game against his former team. Smith caught seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers were out-gained 454-315 and were penalized more often than the Ravens. 

Week 3: Steelers 37, Panthers 19

Cam Newton passed for 250 yards and a touchdown, and backup quarterback Derek Anderson saw time as well, completing 5-of-6 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. Kelvin Benjamin added 115 yards on eight receptions. Carolina lost two fumbles and was outgained in yards by the Steelers, 454-to-349.

Week 2: Lions 7, Panthers 24

Cam Newton returned to complete 22-of-34 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers defense recovered two fumbles and grabbed an interception. Carolina had just 62 rushing yards but had no turnovers.

Week 1: Panthers 20, Buccaneers 14

With Cam Newton out with a fractured rib, Derek Anderson threw for two touchdowns across 230 yards. Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen both had a touchdown catch. On defensive, Carolina grabbed two interceptions and forced a fumble.

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