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February 26, 2008

Stephen Davis' finest games with Panthers

Stephendavis200p     With Carolina allowing running back Stephen Davis to retire as a Panther, here's a list of what may have been his five finest games with the team. If you remember some others, chime in.

    1. Carolina 12, Tampa Bay 9, Sept. 14, 2003: The Panthers won in Tampa, serving notice that they were a force to be reckoned with. Davis scorched the famed Bucs' defense for 141 yards on 33 carries. That included a 10-yard burst that set up John Kasay's winning field goal in OT. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

    2. Carolina 23, New Orleans 20, Oct. 26, 2003: Another overtime game, and another win on the road against a division opponent. Davis set a franchise record with 178 rushing yards and a TD on 31 carries. Again named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

    3. Carolina 23, Atlanta 3, Sept. 28, 2003:  In the early days of that Super Bowl season, Davis looked unstoppable. Against the visiting Falcons, he piled up 153 rushing yards on 21 tries, with a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 38 yards as the Panthers steamrolled Atlanta.

    4. Carolina 24, Jacksonville 23, Sept. 7, 2003: Most fans remember that game as the day QB Jake Delhomme replaced Rodney Peete and rallied the Panthers to victory, but Davis made his presence felt in his first game in Panthers' colors, rolling up 111 rushing yards on 22 tries.

    5. Carolina 20, Washington 17, Nov. 16, 2003:  The numbers weren't overwhelming (92 rushing yards on 28 carries), but his timing was. With Carolina trailing 17-13 late in the final quarter, Davis' 25-yard catch-and-run on fourth-and-1 kept a desperation Panthers' drive alive. Then he topped it off with a 3-yard touchdown run, scoring with just 69 seconds left to play.

    Sure, the list is all from 2003. But injuries were to plague Davis after that. And he packed an awful lot of good work into that one magnificent season, leading the team to its only Super Bowl. -- STAN OLSON

Posted by Observer Sports on February 26, 2008 at 02:49 PM | Permalink


Stan...here is one that should have made the list...The New England game in September of 2005. Davis had one of his better days...77yds and 3 TD's and led the Panthers to a 27-17 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champs. One of the best games that year.

Posted by: eleaf | Feb 26, 2008 3:59:24 PM

Don't forget his big run against the St. Louis Rams in the playoffs.

Posted by: Jerad | Feb 26, 2008 5:03:05 PM

This goes right along with this teams problems. This team lets sentiment get in the way of football. Lets not worry about Davis, a two year Panther. Lets worry about bringing in a long term, solid draft class.

Posted by: Joe | Feb 26, 2008 5:07:01 PM

Guys, good points. I had forgotten the St. Louis run. He had an injured quad in the playoff run that pulled down his stats somewhat, but kept after it. And sentiment is good in sports; sometimes it seems like too much of a business, altho it has to be. I like this move; it doesn't hurt anybody and certainly doesn't cut into the salary cap...

Posted by: stan olson | Feb 26, 2008 5:15:59 PM

Sorry Stan, his greatest game was his last. When his tired old ass retired and gave way to my boy Deshaun Foster. As I've stated before, Foster is the greatest RB in the history of this team. They are going to regret cutting him forever. He was on the brink of a 1,800 yard season and the Pro Bowl. Be careful what you wish for suckers, Deangelo Williams shouldn't even be in arena league let alone the NFL.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 26, 2008 5:55:46 PM

OK, I've tried to abstain from the Procton bashing, but this last post is the most moronic thing that I have ever read. Obviously, Davis was the best RB the Panthers have ever had. Foster was decent, but his injuries negated his potential. And how in the world can you justify saying that Foster was going to have a 1800 yard season next year? I mean he's never had a 900 yard season! Oh yeah, Deangelo had 5 yards a carry last season. 5 Yards!! If Fox had any brains he would have given Williams more carries last season by sitting Foster much earlier in the season!!

Posted by: Matt West | Feb 26, 2008 6:42:06 PM

I don't think that was really Michael Procton,doesn't sound like him, unless he just took hip-hop class. I could be wrong, but if I am, it is the first time ever.

Posted by: w williams | Feb 26, 2008 6:58:05 PM

Matt...c'mon, you didn't actually believe that Procton would have written that, do you? Anyway, moving on. I will never forget walking into the back entrance of BOA with my daughter, taking her to Junior Topcat practice, back in 2004. Walking toward us was Stephen Davis, who was there rehabbing and, shortly thereafter, hit IR. He looked so bummed, but was kind enough to say hi to my daughter. Good guy, good player. Thanks for '03, Stephen. Panther Dan

Posted by: Panther Dan | Feb 26, 2008 7:14:05 PM

Wow!!! Finally, Stephen Davis gets some recognition by this organization. Truly, the pen is mightier than the sword. And MC, your "boy"?!? Get a grip! Maybe your opponents on this site are right about you.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Feb 26, 2008 9:07:25 PM

Crud! Jumped the gun. I commented as soon as I read MC's blog without going further. If that really wasn't you I apologize. Sorry. That being said, Joe... grow up!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Feb 26, 2008 9:09:40 PM

Lamont Jordan or Rhodes in free agency?.....if and only if we dont draft a back in the first two picks. Them two or Turner are the best available backs. Sammy Morris? But he is coming off a injuried chest. Draft Mendenhall or Johnson or Stewart or Rice and we will be running back heavy. Ayo!

Posted by: fan | Feb 27, 2008 12:11:51 AM

Program Alert:

32 Teams in 32 Days Wednesday at 4:00pm on ESPN. Carolina Panthers... Lets see...

Posted by: Panther Fan | Feb 27, 2008 12:22:39 AM

Who is questioning me? Foster is the reason we even made the super bowl, Davis was just along for the ride. Check the stats. Do I need to show you the stats on this? 3 words for you: Eagles touchdown run.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 27, 2008 7:29:43 AM

Why is the observer late on reporting the Lucas and Kemo contracts?

Posted by: fan | Feb 27, 2008 11:14:58 AM

Because we are a bunch of dee dee dee's! We get our news from the NY Times and they don't care about the Panthers

Posted by: Charlotte Observer | Feb 27, 2008 9:11:30 PM

deangelo williams finish fourth in ncaa history with over 6000 yards plus,first in all purpose yards .there are many nfl running backs who are hall of famer that can,tclaim those stats,he,s not only nfl material but should have started game1 of his nfl short career.no disrepect to foster,but the two comparison is like,comparison tony dorsett against julius jones ,there,sa big drop off in talent.

Posted by: troy wingo | May 14, 2008 4:13:29 PM

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