Panthers 44, Saints 38

NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees made NFL history, but so did New Orleans' porous defense in a loss to Carolina (7-9).

Brees passed for 396 yards, giving him 5,177 this season to become the first player to eclipse 5,000 yards three times. His four TD passes gave him 43 in 2012, making him the first player with 40 TD passes in consecutive seasons.

But the Saints (7-9) gave up 530 yards, raising their 2012 total to 7,042 - breaking the 1981 Baltimore Colts' record of 6,793 allowed.

Carolina 3 10 14 17 – 44

New Orleans 0 17 7 14 – 38

First quarter

Car–FG Gano 20, 5:41.

Second quarter

Car–Tolbert 1 run (Gano kick), 8:18.

NO–Colston 7 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 5:14.

NO–Vilma 18 interception return (Hartley kick), 4:31.

Car–FG Gano 31, :39.

NO–FG Hartley 53, :00.

Third quarter

NO–Graham 19 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 10:45.

Car–D.Williams 54 run (Gano kick), 8:48.

Car–Tolbert 1 run (Gano kick), 2:29.

Fourth quarter

Car–Tolbert 1 run (Gano kick), 10:16.

Car–D.Williams 12 run (Gano kick), 8:23.

NO–Colston 9 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 5:10.

Car–FG Gano 42, 4:08.

NO–Sproles 33 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 2:52.

A: 73,124.

Car   NO

First downs 28   22

Total Net Yards 530   441

Rushes-yards 39-273   18-63

Passing 257   378

Punt Returns 2-77   1-(-1)

Kickoff Returns 1-25   4-95

Interceptions Ret. 1-0   1-18

Comp-Att-Int 17-34-1   29-43-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-3   2-18

Punts 2-50.5   6-46.0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0   0-0

Penalties-Yards 4-36   5-55

Time of Possession 33:55   26:05

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Car, D.Williams 21-210, Newton 7-34, Tolbert 10-25, LaFell 1-4. NO, Ingram 10-39, Ivory 4-22, Sproles 3-1, Morgan 1-1.

Passing: Car, Newton 16-33-1-248, D.Anderson 1-1-0-12. NO, Brees 29-43-1-396.

Receiving: Car, LaFell 5-62, Olsen 4-43, S.Smith 3-73, Murphy 3-57, Tolbert 1-22, D.Williams 1-3. NO, Graham 9-115, Sproles 8-79, Colston 5-52, Moore 4-121, Henderson 1-16, Morgan 1-8, Collins 1-5.

Missed Field Goals: Car, Gano 54 (WR).