It was over when ...
The Panthers bypassed an opportunity to kick a 48-yard field goal with 1:16 to play and instead chose to go for a touchdown. A converted field goal would have cut New Orleans' lead to seven and given Carolina a chance at an onside kick. Ultimately, the Panthers turned the ball over on downs with 22 seconds left.
Carolina lost three crucial fumbles. Those miscues were too much for the conservative Panthers, who employed a cautious game plan, to overcome.
Panthers LB Thomas Davis left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. ... After throwing at least one interception in his first six starts, Jake Delhomme did not throw a pick for the second straight week. ... New Orleans is now 8-0. ... The Saints defeated Panthers coach John Fox at the Superdome for the first time.