The Carolina Panthers have finally won a game and ended the NFL's longest active losing streak.
Behind QB Baker Mayfield, the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 22-14 on Sunday, which marked their first win since Week 10 last year. They lost the final seven games of the 2021 season, and then the first two games of the 2022 season, for a total of nine straight defeats.
But no more. The Panthers beat the Saints with a fair amount of help from their opponent. The Panthers got the game's first points on the board with over 5 minutes left in the first quarter, with the defense casually recovering a fumble and running all the way down the field for a gorgeous scoop and score.
It looked like the Saints might score themselves with time running out in the first half, but the Panthers' special teams came through in a big way with a field goal block.
The Saints ended up scoring a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers answered back when wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. broke free and ran all the way into the end zone.
So the Panthers' long, winless nightmare is finally over. Maybe this gives them some momentum, or else they might start a new nightmare winless streak next week.