Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ted Ginn shifty 32-yard punt return (GIF)

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are battling it out on Sunday Night Football for the top spot in the NFC South.

Both teams entered Sunday’s contest at 9-3 on the season.

Whichever team loses tonight will get another shot – this is their 1st meeting of the season – in two weeks when they square off again on December 22nd.

Carolina has managed two field goals so far, one of which was set up by this 32-yard punt return by wide receiver Ted Ginn.

punt re GIF

As you can probably see at the end of the play, Ginn was thrown down hard by his facemask by Saints’ punter Thomas Morstead, which led to a 15-yard penalty.

Graham Gano hit a 24-yard field goal and the Panthers led the Saints early, 6-0.

New Orleans went on a drive that straddled the end of the first and start of the second quarter that culminated in a Marques Colston 6 yard touchdown catch on a pass from Drew Brees.

Carolina has won 8 games in a row dating all the way back to October 13th.  New Orleans is coming off a lopsided loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football just six days ago – prior to that they had won four out of their last five.

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