The New Orleans Saints just caught a break and took full advantage of it, and the result was a 26-yard pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colston that sliced Carolina's lead to 23-10.
A couple of plays earlier, Colston had caught a pass and then fumbled it away when Nate Salley tipped it out. Carolina's Richard Marshall had recovered, and it looked like the Panthers would go into halftime up by 20.
But there was an official review of the play, and the on-field ruling was overturned. Colston was instead deemed to never have control of the ball, so it just became an incomplete pass.
That became key when Colston scored, outleaping safety Charles Godfrey on a very nice play for the Saints TD.
Carolina then ran the clock out and went into halftime up, 23-10.