Carolina's first offensive drive at the Superdome was a comedy of errors, as Carolina had to use two timeouts in the first 2:15 because it couldn't get set up right.
A sack of Jimmy Clausen put Carolina in third-and-long, whereupon (after the second timeout) Clausen skipped a short pass to an already-frustrated looking Steve Smith off the artificial turf.
Drew Brees and the Saints now have the ball for the first time, starting at their own 9 after an excellent Jason Baker punt.
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