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Steve Smith won’t return, but Panthers lead 7-6


The Panthers might have lost their most experienced offensive threat, but they’re not out of this yet.

A combination of the two things they can count on most (a stout defense and their run game) has given them a 7-6 lead over the Saints at halftime.

An incredible athletic interception by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (and his three torn ACLs) was followed by a 43-yard touchdown run by DeAngelo Williams.

The Panthers have kept the pressure on the Saints all day, sacking Drew Brees five times in the first half. The decision to give rookie Terron Armstead his first offensive snaps of his career has backfired, as he’s been beaten physically by Greg Hardy and confused by a variety of looks by the Panthers defense.

The Panthers won’t have Steve Smith, however. Their veteran wide receiver left the game with a left knee injury and won’t return. He tried coming back for a play after the initial non-contact injury, but hobbled off and was taken back to the locker room, leading to the official announcement.

That leaves an unsteady offense without its most reliable receiving threat, putting more pressure on a thin group of wideouts.

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6 Responses to “Steve Smith won’t return, but Panthers lead 7-6”
  1. beastnyg says: Dec 22, 2013 2:31 PM

    Brees looks scared

  2. nfl4days says: Dec 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    Drew’s making too much money. The saints cant do anything because he’s taking up way too much cap space.

  3. redeemerac says: Dec 22, 2013 2:58 PM

    Its imperative that the Cats get a receiver in this years draft, every Panther fan’s nightmare was Smith going down….its happened…hopefully Cam can rise to the occasion.

  4. kimbo71006 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    Even down by 4 the Saints still hold the lead in ALL stats in this game. Time of possession, first downs, rushing yards, passing yards, and punts.

    We got this…come on Saints!! Plenty of time for our Hall of Famer QB!!

  5. tb12x3 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    could of not happened to a nicer blabber mouth

  6. ozarkannie74 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:58 AM

    Panthers Won!! Game over!! 🙂

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