Chris Olave's incredible catch helps Saints to early divisional victory over Panthers
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The New Orleans Saints needed a game-breaking play to propel the offense as the clock ticked down and they got it in the form of a 42-yard pass from Derek Carr to Chris Olave in the third quarter.
Olave tipped the ball to himself as he fell to the ground and kept New Orleans’ drive alive. Seven plays later, Tony Jones Jr. ran the ball for a touchdown and the Saints took the lead 13-6. Jones scored again in the fourth quarter to put the final nail in the Panthers’ coffin.
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Chris Olave #12 of the New Orleans Saints bobbles and catches a 42 yard pass against CJ Henderson #23 of the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter in the game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
New Orleans won the game 20-17.
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While the offense finally got going in the second half with Carr’s passing to Olave and Jones finishing drives at the goal line, it was the Saints’ defense that made an imprint on Panthers rookie Bryce Young.
Young threw a late touchdown pass to Adam Thielen to make the Saints sweat but New Orleans had the rookie quarterback’s number for most of the game. Young was sacked four times and lost a fumble. He was 23-for-33 with 153 passing yards.
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Derek Carr #4 of the New Orleans Saints points against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter in the game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Demario Davis led the fray with seven tackles for