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Saints Thump Panthers, 28-10, To Take NFC South Lead

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Mark Ingram ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints dominated the Carolina Panthers, 28-10, in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday night. With the victory, the Saints (4-4) moved into first place in the NFC South and snapped a seven-game road losing streak that dated to last season.

The first half was a turnover fest with each team committing two miscues, but New Orleans crossed the goal line twice for a 14-0 halftime lead.

Carolina (3-5-1) moved within a touchdown when Cam Newton scored on a 10-yard run with 10:14 left in the third quarter, but the Panthers would get no closer. Newton completed a dismal 10 of 28 passes for 151 yards and an interception.

After committing two turnovers in the first half, Saints quarterback Drew Brees led his team to two 80-yard touchdown drives in the second half. He threw for 297 yards and a touchdown and lunged for another score on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

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