NEW ORLEANS -- John Kasay's 42-yard field goal with a second left lifted Carolina to a 33-31 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, locking up the NFC South title and the second seed in the conference for the Panthers.
Carolina's DeAngelo Williams rushed for 178 yards to set the franchise single-season record. His 1,515 yards eclipse Stephen Davis' 1,444 in 2003.
Drew Brees, meanwhile, came up just short in his bid to eclipse Dan Marino's 1984 single-season NFL record of 5,084 yards passing. Brees needed 402 yards to set a new mark. He finished with 386, which made him only the second player to pass for more than 5,000 yards.
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