The New Orleans Saints played well on both sides of the ball for most of the first half, but their 6-0 lead was wiped out after a Drew Brees interception followed immediately by a DeAngelo Williams touchdown run late in the second quarter.
The Saints had a 157-97 advantage in total yardage and a 19:35/10:25 edge in time of possession, yet trail 7-6 at half.
Drew Brees has taken a beating in the first 30 minutes of play, getting sacked 5 times already thanks to terrible protection from the offensive line. The run game has been surprisingly effective, thanks to an impressive 34-yard Mark Ingram run.
Except for the touchdown run the Saints defense has played very well, forcing three 3-and-outs.
New kicker Shayne Graham is perfect on the day.
Panthers receiver Steve Smith is out for the rest of the game with a knee injury.
First Half Stats
|Time of Pos.||19:35||10:25|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS|