If you were brave enough to slug through the earlier Wild Card game and make it to this one, then you didn't have to wait as long for some offensive fireworks. 

With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, Drew Brees was his vintage self, showing great patience stepping up in the pocket and delivering an absolute rainbow of a pass to the speedster Ted Ginn Jr. for the 80-yard opening score of the game.

What happened to the running game? Ah well, who cares, this ruled.

It was the longest play from scrimmage for the Saints this year, according to Troy Aikman on the broadcast, and the longest one the Panthers have allowed all season in one moment.

The Saints are the first to draw blood in the NFC South contest, and the fans packed in the Superdome are loving every minute of it.