New Orleans finally got its first TD of the game with 0:07 left in the third quarter, cutting Carolina's lead to 23-10. The TD came from running back Lynell Hamilton, from 1 yard out.
Panther fans are booing right now, mostly because they are upset about an unnecessary roughness call on DB Captain Munnerlyn. Munnerlyn tackled Robert Meachem around the neck and fired him to the turf a split-second after Meachem dropped a pass around the Panther 5.
Meachem stayed on the ground, flat on his back, for several seconds. No flag. Then, a few more seconds later, the flag came. That 15-yard penalty led to the Saints' TD, and to the booing. Still, the Panthers enter the fourth quarter in good control of the game, with a 13-point lead and with the ball just outside their own 20.
Through three quarters, Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 125 yards and will end up as Carolina's leading rusher in 2009, slightly surpassing DeAngelo Williams. Both of them ended up with more than 1,100 yards, the first time an NFL team has had two backs with more than 1,100. It looks like Stewart is going to sit out the rest of the game -- if so, he will end with 1133 yards and DeAngelo with 1117.