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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Carolina Panthers 10, New Orleans Saints 7

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard (30) rushes against New Orleans Saints defensive end Carl Granderson (96) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

In the season's final division bout between the two teams, the Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints 10-7 in Week 18.

The result brought the Panthers’ record to 7-10, while the Saints dropped their record to an identical 7-10.

Offensive spotlight: Saints running back Alvin Kamara was the top offensive performer in the contest, earning an 88.9 overall grade and an 88.3 rushing grade on first review. He finished the game with 107 rushing yards on 23 carries with seven missed tackles forced.

Defensive spotlight: Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu recorded one forced fumble and one interception, all while giving up zero catches in coverage.

Rookie spotlight: Saints rookie wide receiver Chris Olave finished the game with a team-high 60 receiving yards, catching five of his 12 targets. He also got in the end zone once. He was targeted on 50% of his routes on the day.

Offensive line spotlight: Panthers offensive tackle Taylor Moton was the highest-graded offensive lineman on the day, earning an initial blocking grade of 63.1. He did not allow a sack and allowed only one pressure. 

Box Score

Passing
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Sam Darnold 2.9 5 / 15 43 2.9 0 2 2 2.8
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Andy Dalton 11.0 15 / 25 171 6.8 1 0 1 93.9
Rushing
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Chuba Hubbard 6.9 21 69 3.3 0 8 0
D'Onta Foreman 6.8 12 68 5.7 0 21 0
Sam Darnold 2.9 6 32 5.3 0 13 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 1.9 1 1 1.0 0 1 0
Raheem Blackshear 0.1 1 1 1.0 0 1 0
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Alvin Kamara 15.0 23 107 4.7 0 22 0
Andy Dalton 11.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0
Rashid Shaheed 7.1 1 7 7.0 0 7 0
Taysom Hill 3.5 5 24 4.8 0 10 0
Eno Benjamin 0.3 2 3 1.5 0 2 0
Receiving
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Chuba Hubbard 6.9 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Terrace Marshall Jr. 4.3 3 2 23 7.7 0 21
DJ Moore 2.0 4 1 10 2.5 0 10
Laviska Shenault Jr. 1.9 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Tommy Tremble 1.2 1 1 2 2.0 0 2
Shi Smith 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Chris Olave 16.0 12 5 60 5.0 1 25
Alvin Kamara 15.0 2 1 3 1.5 0 3
Rashid Shaheed 7.1 4 3 34 8.5 0 18
David Johnson 4.8 2 2 28 14.0 0 21
Taysom Hill 3.5 1 1 1 1.0 0 1
Juwan Johnson 3.1 1 1 21 21.0 0 21
Adam Trautman 2.8 1 1 18 18.0 0 18
Tre'Quan Smith 1.6 1 1 6 6.0 0 6
Marquez Callaway 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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