By Sam Shannon | NewOrleansSaints.com
The New Orleans Saints earned a hard fought 27-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers with 3,000 fans in attendance for the first time this season at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees found a rhythm on the opening possession, driving 75 yards which ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook. The score marked the first time the Saints scored a touchdown on the opening possession of a game in the 2020 season.
With two of his top targets inactive for Sunday's contest, Brees relied on undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Tre'Quan Smith and Alvin Kamara in the passing game. Star receivers Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (Covid-19) were absent. Thomas hasn't played since the team's opening week win over Tampa Bay.
Brees completed 29-of-36 passes for 287 yards and two scores. In a standout performance, Callaway hauled in eight catches for 75 yards. The Saints were 12 of 14 on third down and never punted. ...
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