The scuffle began after Smith leaped to beat Saints cornerback Jabari Greer to a pass from Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton. Greer fell to the ground, giving Smith an easy 30-yard run to the end zone. But as Smith coasted the final 5 yards and crossed the goal line, Saints safety Roman Harper sprinted in on the left side and knocked Smith to the ground.
Harper's late hit was the only penalty called.
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