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Davis: Saints tried to run up the score last season

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the New Orleans Saints tried to run the score up on the Panthers last year at the end of the Saints' 31-13 win in New Orleans last December.

"They got a big lead on us and they were still dropping back trying to throw the ball deep. That speaks volumes when you have a team down and it's late in the fourth quarter and you're still trying to throw the ball deep," Davis told reporters Thursday.

"That's their offense. That's their team. They can run it, do whatever they want to do. But that's a sign of disrespect."

Davis has had issues with the Saints in the past, saying they were trying to set individual records at the end of a 45-17 win against Carolina in the regular-season finale in 2011.

As far as the game in New Orleans last season, the Saints led 24-6 when they got the ball back early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Drew Brees was 6-of-8 on the Saints' scoring drive, culminating with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham that put the Saints up 31-6.

After the Panthers scored on a long touchdown drive on their next possession to make it 31-13, the Saints went three-and-out, with passes called on two of the three plays.

On third-and-24, Brees threw a check-down pass to running back Pierre Thomas, who came up well short of the first down.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn't take issue with the Saints' end-of-game approach, saying, "That's some people's philosophy."

Asked if he planned to remind his players what the Saints did at the end of last year's game, Rivera said: "I don't need to."

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