Panthers QB Matt Moore has left this game with a shoulder injury -- sustained on a New Orleans sack -- and rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has taken over midway through the second quarter.
On Clausen's second play, he nearly got tackled for a safety. He took over after a 61-yard punt at Carolina's 3 and then on his second play rolled right with no one there (it looked like a mixup). Just as he was about to go down 5 yards deep in the end zone, Clausen flipped the ball underhanded in desperation toward Steve Smith.
The pass was well short, but counted as a pass and got Carolina out of immediate trouble.
The Panthers ended up with one first down on the series -- on a questionable pass interference penalty against New Orleans -- before punting.
The score remains 7-3, as Carolina's defense continues to keep the team (as usual) in the game while the offense sputters.
Report: Panthers trying to trade Steve Smith
7 hours ago