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Ron Rivera

Saints alone atop NFC South after 31-21 win over Panthers

Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara took the brunt of a hard collision near the goal line with Carolina linebacker Shaq Thompson, who is 2 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than runner he was trying to prevent from scoring on fourth down.

Kamara bounced backward but remained upright, then slithered out of defensive end Wes Horton's ankle grab and dived under linebacker Luke Kuechly's lunge to find the end zone .

"That was just: I've got to get in there by any means," Kamara said. "I got hit and got it on in."

Kamara added a second tackle-shedding touchdown from 20 yards, New Orleans took advantage of a couple Carolina special teams gaffes, and...