Photo Gallery: Saints vs. Panthers

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) makes is second touchdown in the second quarter as Carolina Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell (27) defends as New Orleans Saints plays. Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12), center, celebrates his first quarter touchdown with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) as the New Orleans Saints prepared to take on the Carolina Panthers Sunday, December 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) sits on Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) as New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton signals the touchdown to but the Saints up 21-6 at the end of the first half in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) blows a kiss to the crowd after making his first touchdown in the second quarter as New Orleans Saints play Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) stands behind him.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) can only watch as New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) scores his first touchdown in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) congratulates New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) on his first touchdown in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) gets sacked in the second quarter by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) as New Orleans Saints play the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan sacks Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Dec. 8 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) saves a touchdown by tackling Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) but is called for face masking during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) saves a touchdown by tackling Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) but is called for face masking during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDPanthers quarterback Cam Newton loses the ball out of bounds after a hit Saints cornerback Corey White and free safety Malcolm Jenkins.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) leaves a pack of Panthers behind as he runs for a first down in the first quarter as the New Orleans Saints plays the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELDNew Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks sacks Carolina quarterback Cam Newton last season at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) saves a touchdown by tackling Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) but is called for face masking during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) picks up a first down against Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) scores his second touchdown in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) while New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks (76) follows behind in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) breaks up a pass to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the third quarter as the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) hauls in a pass for a third quarter first down as Carolina Panthers cornerback Melvin White (23), Carolina Panthers defensive end Mario Addison (97) and Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (92) pursue him as New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Brees passed 50,000 yards during the game.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Brees passed 50,000 yards during the game.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Brees passed 50,000 yards during the game.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) and New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper (41) sack Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) hauls in a pass in the fourth quarter to make a fist down as Carolina Panthers cornerback Drayton Florence (29) and Carolina Panthers defensive back Colin Jones (42) try to defend as New Orleans Saints beat Carolina Panthers 31-13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Fans cheer on the Saints against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the fourth quarter Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Galette had three sacks in the Saints' 31-13 win.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan yells on the sidelines in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Larry Rolling pumps up the crow in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) has nowhere to run as he is sacked by \New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) as New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks (76) and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) pursues in the fourth quarter as New Orleans Saints beats the Carolina Panthers 31-13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Larry Rolling pumps up the crow in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) makes a fingertip catch for a first down against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a pass for a touchdown against Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) during the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, bringing down Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith last season, says this offseason's Saints are the 'best team on paper I’ve ever been around.'

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) splits two Carolina Panthers defenders during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against Carolina Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell last season.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) makes a tough catch against Carolina Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell (27) during the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a pass for a touchdown against Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) during the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks to players during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.