The Panthers just took a 7-0 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter on a 41-yard TD pass from Matt Moore to Steve Smith. Smith torched New England cornerback Shawn Springs on the play. Springs got no safety help and even though Moore's pass had enough air on it that Smith had to slow down just a hair, it was plenty good enough for the TD.
The two-play, 48-yard drive was set up by a great defensive play. On New England's third possession, Chris Gamble made a fine interception of Tom Brady on a sideline pass.
Brady made a poor throw, Randy Moss didn't seem to try that hard to get there and Gamble -- the only one with a chance to catch it -- hauled it in at the New England 48. Jonathan Stewart then ran for seven yards before the Panthers went deep on second-and-3.
Steve Smith staying put in Carolina, at least for today
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