Saints’ defense puts clamps on Newton in win over Panthers

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December 18, 2018 - 9:29 AM

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) stretches for a reception past Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) and linebacker Thomas Davis (58) during the first half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — New Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton, and the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

The Saints’ defense, which has been among the best in the league the last six weeks, held the former MVP to 131 yards passing, sacked him four times and forced two turnovers on a night when Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t get much going.

Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and Brees had 203 yards passing for the Saints (12-2), who took a one-game lead in the NFC over the Rams. The Saints close the season at home against Pittsburgh and Carolina; the Rams visit Arizona and host San Francisco.

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