The New Orleans Saints have the best offense in the NFL right now, and it's been on full display in the first half as the Saints lead Carolina 24-17 at halftime.
The Saints have a staggering 360 yards at halftime and are on pace to easily shatter the record for the most the Panthers have ever allowed (493). Carolina's patched-together defense, combined with Brees' surgical skills as a quarterback, have made for three long Saints TD drives, one field goal by John Kasay and one surprising interception by Carolina's R.J. Stanford.
The Panthers' worst mistake was with 15 seconds to go and the game tied at 17. New Orleans had no timeouts left and the ball at Carolina's 42. The Panthers basically just had to keep everything in front of them -- at worst they were going to allow a field goal. But Sherrod Martin allowed Marques Colston to get behind him for a 42-yard TD pass.
On offense, Carolina is running the ball beautifully (134 yards already on the ground). Cam Newton has one nice TD pass to Steve Smith and a bad interception he threw in the Saints' end zone on an awkward-looking jump pass. Jonathan Stewart has a 29-yard rushing TD.
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