CHARLOTTE, NC (WLOX) - New Orleans Saints fans were pulling for New England to defeat Carolina Monday night. It didn't happen.
Trailing 20 to 17 Panthers quarterback Cam Newton connected with Ted Ginn Jr. for a 25-yard game winning touchdown. Ginn blew past New England defender Kyle Arrington down the left sideline and zoomed past Logan Ryan to the left pylon for the touchdown with 59 seconds left in the game. The touchdown completed an 83 yard drive in 13 plays for the decisive touchdown.
With just under a minute remaining was enough time to give Patriots quarterback Tom Brady another opportunity to win a game in the 4th quarter. It didn't happen, but almost did.
Brady with the help of a pass interference call drove New England to the Carolina 18 with 3 ticks left on the clock. Brady let the ball fly, but safety Robert Lester came up with the interception. Wait a minute, a yellow flag hit the turf. Was it pass interference?
The officials discussed the play and ruled no pass interference, game over. Carolina prevailed 24-20 propelling the Panthers to 7 and 3 on the season, one game behind the Saints (8-2) in the NFC South Division race.
The play in the end zone will be discussed throughout the league on Tuesday. The officials ruled that since the pass was intercepted in front of the receiver, it negated the face guarding or interference in the end zone. Really?
Newton connected on 19 of 28 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
The Saints travel to slumping 2 and 8 Atlanta Thursday night at 7:25 while Carolina travels to Miami on Sunday.
The NFC South Division could be decided when Carolina and New Orleans clash beginning with the December 8 game in the Mercedes-Bentz Superdome and on December 22 at Carolina.
The Panthers have won 6 straight games.