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Colston also dropped two balls as he played with a splint protecting his left thumb, and New Orleans fell to 0-3 on the road to begin a five-week stretch away from the Superdome.
The Saints were scheduled to fly directly to London on Sunday night to begin preparations for next week's game against San Diego at Wembley Stadium -- a home game for the Saints.
The Panthers, 2-6 at home last season, have outscored their opponents 88-16 in their last three home games. And the dominance continued until the final play, when Brees was leveled by Darwin Walker as he threw an incomplete pass into the end zone
Smith caught six passes for 122 yards and John Kasay added three field goals to stay perfect in 14 attempts this season for Carolina.
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