NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It's been six long years since the Saints hosted a playoff game, and it was sure worth the wait. The Saints lead the Panthers 21-9 at half, in front of an electric Superdome crowd.
Who knew it would be a former Panther to make the biggest play of the first half. But that's just what happened when Ted Ginn, Jr. went on a post route. Drew Brees found him on a perfectly thrown pass for an 80-yard touchdown. The connection propelled the Black and Gold to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
The only opportunity for Carolina points in the first quarter, was a Graham Gano 25-yard field goal, but it went wide right.
Brees wasn't done lighting up the scoreboard for the Saints in the half, connecting with Josh Hill for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The score gave the Saints a 14-3 advantage.
Brees finished with 230 passing yards in the first half.
Zach Line finished the scoring for the Saints in the first half with a 1-yard touchdown run. The fullback put the Saints up 21-6.
Gano kicked 27, 39, 58-yard field goals in the second quarter.