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Deuce McAllister started in what may have been his final game for New Orleans. With the crowd howling his first name, McAllister had 81 total yards, including a 20-yard reception for his longest gain of the season. If he leaves, he'll do so as the Saints' leader in yards rushing (6,096) and touchdowns (55).
"There's a possibility that may happen," McAllister said. "I'll I can do is get myself prepared and ready to play (next) season. Hopefully it's here. If it's not, then it's not."
Carolina built a 23-3 lead late in the second quarter when Landon Johnson stripped the Saints' Skyler Green on a kickoff return. Dante Wesley scooped up the fumble and ran it 12 yards for a touchdown.
Brees passed for 90 yards on the Saints' next possession, including his 26-yard scoring pass to Marques Colston to make it 23-10 at halftime.
Carolina went ahead 30-10 on Jonathan Stewart's 2-yard run early in the third quarter before Brees ignited New Orleans' comeback with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Robert Meachem.
Brees finished 30-of-49 with four touchdown passes.
After his 9-yard scoring pass to Moore on fourth-and-short pulled the Saints to 30-24 with 5:33 left, the Saints quickly forced a punt. At that point, Brees needed just over 60 yards to break Marino's record, but Jason Baker shanked his punt for 21 yards to the Carolina 45. Brees completed three straight passes to give the Saints the lead, but would not get another chance until his incompletion on the final play.
Notes: New Orleans set single-season franchise records for scoring (461) and yards (6,571). The Saints' pervious scoring record was 432 in 2002. The previous yardage mark was 6,264 in 2006. ... Stewart's 836 yards rushing this season set a single-season rookie mark for the Panthers.
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