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Panthers’ Roman Harper on Saints’ beer can-throwing fans: ‘It’s not like they were sober’

One of the longest throws of the day for New Orleans came from a beer-hurling fan at the Superdome.

It was that kind of day for the Saints and their Who-dat nation.

Former Saints safety Roman Harper didn’t see many days like that during his eight seasons in New Orleans.

Harper, who signed a two-year deal with Carolina in March, had a funny response when asked about the booing and general unrest among the Saints’ fans during their 41-10 loss Sunday – their fourth in a row at home.

“We did a great job of making them boo by halftime, which is always a great thing when you’re the visiting team,” Harper said. “To go on the road in a tough environment and win the way we did, as a fan I would be kind of frustrated, too. And it’s not like they’re sober.”

After Jonathan Stewart’s 69-yard touchdown run gave Carolina a 31-3 lead early in the second half, a Saints fan showed his displeasure by tossing an aluminum beer bottle onto the field.

Again, another first for Harper.

“I’ve never seen anybody throw a beer from the top row. Where were we at? It looked like the WWE or something. It was crazy,” Harper said. “I know the fans are better than that and I would expect better from them. That could’ve hit somebody.

“They were frustrated and I understand a little bit. Like I said, they were probably a little tipsy, the one that threw that.”

Harper had what easily was his best game with the Panthers. His three pass breakups matched his total from his first 12 games.

But he claimed he took little personal satisfaction from his performance. He was more pleased to see Carolina snap a seven-game winless streak that dated to Oct. 5.

“I don’t care if I made not one tackle all day. I just wanted to win,” Harper said. “We needed this win so bad for this team for some confidence. We got some young guys stepping up making plays for us. When those things start to happen, you can win a lot of games.”

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