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October 09, 2011

First quarter blog: Saints 10, Panthers 6

Cam Newton got off to a bad start in his first NFC South game, throwing an interception on the first snap from scrimmage.

Patrick Robinson picked Newton when he threw behind Smith, giving the Saints first-and-goal from the 3 following a facemask penalty by DeAngelo Williams. The Saints had a 7-0 lead about a minute into the game when Drew Brees hit Jed Collins for a 1-yard touchdown pass.

After a John Kasay field goal against his former team put the Saints up 10-0, Newton and Smith hooked up on a spectacular, 54-yard touchdown.

Smith went high to take the ball away from Jabari Greer and had a clear path to the end zone. Smith slowed before reaching the goal line, giving Roman Harper a chance to run over and drop Smith after he scored.

The personal foul ignited a skirmish as several of the Panthers' offensive linemen ran into the end zone to defend him. Olindo Mare's extra point was blocked, making it 10-6.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 9, 2011 at 01:52 PM | Permalink

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