Saints should have had a safety

Updated: October 28, 2003, 5:45 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints should have been awarded a safety in the first quarter of Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome, coach Jim Haslett said.

Referee Mike Carey initially called intentional grounding on Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme in the Panthers' end zone. But, after conferring with other officials, Carey waved off the penalty.

Carey said Panthers tight end Mike Seidman was in the "vicinity" when Delhomme flipped the ball backhanded to avoid a sack with 11:59 remaining in the first quarter.

"Hell, I was in the vicinity," Haslett said. "There was nobody anywhere. The tight end (Seidman) was 15 yards away. To me, the quarterback should be trying to throw it to somebody. He wasn't trying to throw it to anybody. He was trying to save his life. But there was nobody in the area."

Haslett said Carey's call directly impacted the outcome, and he would submit that play along with others to the league office for further review. ^------<

DYNAMIC DUO: Saints running back Deuce McAllister, who has rushed for 761 yards in eight games this season, is on pace to rush for a career-high 1,522 yards.

Wide receiver Joe Horn, who has caught 45 passes for 537 yards and six touchdowns, is on pace to catch 90 passes for 1,074 yards and 12 touchdowns. ^----<

INJURY REPORT: Saints reserve running back James Fenderson is expected to be sidelined for Sunday's game and possibly longer after spraining a ligament in his left foot.

Also, defensive linemen Kenny Smith (knee) and Kenderick Allen (knee), wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (quadriceps) and strongside linebacker Sedrick Hodge (leg) will be evaluated on a daily basis. ^------<

THIRD-AND-GOOD: Despite converting two of 12 third-down situations Sunday, the Saints continue to lead the NFL in third-down efficiency with a 49.1 success rate. ^------<

TICKET UPDATE: Although each technically is a sellout, approximately 200 tickets remain for upcoming home games against Atlanta on Nov. 16 and Tampa Bay on Dec. 7.

Ticket prices range from $65 to $150.

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