October 26, 2008
Panthers (6-2) hold off Cards, in first place
For only the third time in franchise history, the Carolina Panthers are 6-2 at the halfway point of their season.
They rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
The Panthers have a bye next week and are expected to have two injured offensive linemen, right tackle Jeff Otah and center Ryan Kalil, back for their Nov. 9 game at Oakland.
The win coupled with Tampa Bay's 13-9 loss to Dallas Sunday left Carolina alone in first place in the NFC South. The Buccaneers fell to 5-3.
The other two times the Panthers started out 6-2, in 2003 and '05, they reached the NFC Championship game, winning in '03 to advance to the Super Bowl and losing to Seattle in '05.
The Panthers hopes were looking dim after Arizona took the opening second half possession and drove for a touchdown to take a 17-3 lead.
But Carolina answered quickly, getting a 14-yard run and 13-yard pass reception to get an 80-yard drive going that culminated in Williams' 15-yard touchdown to cut the Cardinals' lead to 17-10.
A fumble by the Cardinals set up the Panthers next score, an 18-yard pass from Jake Delhomme to Steve Smith.
Later, Smith caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Delhomme to put Carolina ahead for good.
Kicker John Kasay kicked two fields to pass Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud for No. 8 on the NFL's all-time field goals made list with 374. He now has made 21 straight over the past two seasons, including 16-of-16 this year.
-- Charles Chandler
Posted by Observer Sports on October 26, 2008 at 04:13 PM | Permalink
GREAT JOB CAROLINA.!!!!!!!!!!!! Never gave up on you guys today! Defense was awesome all day and Offense finally found their rhythm after half time. What about Jarrett taking the big hit in the middle to get the first down!!!! Fire hackett (can't hack it) and put in Jarrett! SIX and TWO babyyyyyyy!
Posted by: Carolina Wild | Oct 26, 2008 4:19:52 PM
Steve Smith is the superman. Keep Jarrett in the game.
Posted by: purepanther | Oct 26, 2008 4:34:12 PM
I don't know about superb defense but they played well enough to keep us in the game. Totally agree though about firing Hackett. I think Jarrett has shown great progress since last season - I think he's realized nothing's promised and he's got to compete for his place. Get him the snaps he needs to develop and let Hackett follow Morgan into retirement. By the way, is Lucas a stud or what?
Posted by: superlucchic | Oct 26, 2008 4:35:06 PM
Amen...It's amazing how long it takes people to give praise to the panthers. I be that there would 30 "Panthers Suck" posts by now. I'm just glad that they are playing their hearts out. It's been great going into the bye week. Man, I smell something sweet.......could it be playoffs?
Posted by: carolinajon | Oct 26, 2008 4:38:03 PM
Well, Jarrett had had a potential third-down conversion bounce right off his hands early in the game, but yeah, it was a nice catch at the end of the game. We've got to do something about Charles Godfrey in coverage. He gets burned again and again and again. Great job by Jake, though, to keep his composure and bring the team back. And by Fox, who apparently "can't make halftime adjustments" according to some of the experts on here.
Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 26, 2008 4:46:25 PM
LOL. Yeah, I guess saying the defense was awesome with the score being what is was....was misleading. What I meant to say was the defense did what they had to do when it mattered and held the "birds" to less than what we scored. LOL They held them when it mattered!
Posted by: Carolina Wild | Oct 26, 2008 4:50:08 PM
It was definitely great to get the win and improve to 6-2. However, there are still a number of things that need to be worked on over the bye week. We definitely have to improve our coverage. Warner simply picked the defense apart for most of the game. It is encouraging that we managed to run the ball decently without Otah and Kalil. It will be great to have them back, and we really have winnable games the next 3 after the bye.
We really need to be 9-2 heading to Green Bay after Thanksgiving. If the Giants lose today...we could be the #1 seed in the NFC....
Posted by: Ryan | Oct 26, 2008 4:52:02 PM
MP... You have been B!T*#ING about Godfrey all day... Dude is still a rookie, give him time to grow... ANILORAC OG ~ GO CAROLINA
Posted by: ANILORAC OG | Oct 26, 2008 4:56:48 PM
Arizona is the best passing team in football, and Warner is one of the most cool-headed, accurate passers in the game. I think the Panthers D did a great job considering, because they let them have their yards but stopped them in scoring situations. They sat back and took the opportunities when they came and they pulled out a great win.
Oh yeah, and Godfrey is a rookie learning a new position. He has improved by leaps and bounds so far, you can't expect him to be a Pro-Bowler overnight. Besides, wasn't it his heads-up play that kept the Cards from scoring on that fake field goal?
Also, we would not have been in the situation to begin with if Procton's man-crush Delhomme had not fumbled deep in Panther territory... AGAIN... I thought it was nice how Procton picked on Beason for giving up the TD on the next play, but he didn't say a word about Jake dropping the ball to set the Cards up with first and goal on the 5 yard line.
Posted by: Steve | Oct 26, 2008 5:04:01 PM
You're right, Steve. It didn't have anything to do with DeAngelo completely whiffing in pass protection. Good call, buddy.
Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 26, 2008 5:08:09 PM
Listen guys, this win was HUGE, lose this game and you squander a chance to take a lead in the division, lose to a second NFC opponent, listen to all the fans and pundits say how inconsistent the Panthers are, and go into the bye week with a dissapointment. With a win, we're 6-2 and on top of the NFC South and looking at top of the NFC. The Cardinals spread u out and pass, pass, pass for all of you 'fans' that are mad at the defense...you dont understand football, someone is going to be open, and kurt warner is a decent qb. However we stopped all YAC oppurtunities, we played two high powered offenses(Saints and Cards), and allowed them less points(7,23) than the Bucs(27) scored against us..weird! Lets remember we need to be more fans than critics.
Posted by: The Real Deal | Oct 26, 2008 5:16:39 PM
Jake held onto the ball waaaaaaay tooooooo loooooong. Are you seriously going to blame DW? I, as MOST, on here know you are an IDIOT...but please do not make it blantantly obvious. What is your man love relationship with Delhomme, anyhow? I can see if you unconditionally support ALL the Carolina players and post positive things about them, but you seem to pick and choose and have jaded and unfounded views???????? What gives. Oh that's right...you are one of the top three ATTENTION WHORES!!!!!!!!!!! Where are the other two? LMAO
Posted by: josh | Oct 26, 2008 5:20:31 PM
Hey Idiot Procton, keep whining about Godfrey but what about that stop he made on the fake fg, if it wasn't for him it would have been a 1st down or TD, someone should go out to Salisbury and whoop your a$$.
Posted by: JM | Oct 26, 2008 5:45:27 PM
Concering Proctologist, can you say ATTENTION WHORE! Were are the other two? !!!!!!!!!!! LMAO. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSERS!
Posted by: josh | Oct 26, 2008 5:53:45 PM
Actually That was Thomas Davis That gave up the TD on the next play after Jakes Terrible fumble which there was no excuse for it's called "pocket awareness" which jake has 0!! I excuse a QB fumble'n the ball from "blind side" hits...but hits from the vision side or in your face nah..you have to have pocket awareness But It's not a big deal for me because I am use!!! to it! Jake has been one of the worst Fumble'n QB's in the nfl! since he's been here! Jake lovers like to ignore that. I mean I don't hate jake he's a very Solid! QB.....but...His fumble'n problem is why he will always be "very solid" and not top 10 caliber qb.
As for T. davis no one has been more critical of him since he got here than I have...calling him a bust..and contrary to popular belief he moved to the weakside not to "rome free" (that's a bS!) they moved him there because he can't cover TE's...Never the less...he's improved a lot this year (vs the run) but No way on EARTH! you can put ANY LB!! on Anquan Bolden! and expect anything different..that was on the coaches there.
still GREAT WIN! we needed it! big time...Now we have 2 weeks to Plan for Oakland! no excuse! fox and company....I can't wait.
PS Peppers was DOMINATED! that entire game! (and he wasn't double teamed that often) He was pancaked! several times! he's a good player (sometimes) but his Athletic ability doesn't help him produce to giving him 90 Million would be insane! I think we are goinog to let have to let him walk if he doesn't back off the 90 mill request and I don't know if he's even worth the 70..he just HAS NO MOVES!!! he's easy to block! because of that..and he isn't going to change as no matter what criticism he gets he comes out and does the same thing about every week. He has 5 good games in the last 25!
Posted by: Cheven | Oct 26, 2008 6:03:51 PM
This team would be 0-8 without Steve Smith ! He is the greatest.
Posted by: View From Charlotte | Oct 26, 2008 6:04:10 PM
actually the team is 2-0 without smith lol
Posted by: jolt | Oct 26, 2008 6:10:39 PM
I've got two words. JON BEASON.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: harrydogg | Oct 26, 2008 6:30:07 PM
Panthers did great...never gave up....The Internet Panther Forum Fans gave their MoJo best Too !
Posted by: Vendetta | Oct 26, 2008 6:54:41 PM
I'm going to give one quick stat for you guys. There has only been 2 times in Panther history that we have been 6-2 in a season.
The first was the 03 Super Bowl run, and the 2nd was the 05 playoff run.
Posted by: Revshawn | Oct 26, 2008 7:00:14 PM
D.J. Hackett will be healthy soon. We will need him later this season when Smith, Moose, or Jarrett are down with injuries for a game or two. Hackett is a excellent insurance plan for our top three.
Posted by: Disclosure | Oct 26, 2008 7:02:50 PM
If ole jarrett's ribs arn't hurting too bad, I'll bet he'll sleep like a baby tonight. That was a big league catch in a big time game. Maybe now he'll finally get it through his head that not only can he play with the big boys, but he's got most of them covered and then some. He reminds me alot of gamble. And look at him now. ps - from now on, we're gonna call Jake Mr. Delhome! thanks for being our QB. Its a pleasure to watch you play.
Posted by: stork302 | Oct 26, 2008 7:10:50 PM
Great win. Great to see Jarrett getting into the mix, he is a huge target. My only concern is that our blitz scheme seems largely ineffective no matter who we play. The bye week is a time to tighten up the loose spots, and I hope they pay attention to this.
Posted by: napalminthemorning | Oct 26, 2008 7:44:20 PM
Michael, son get a life you are embarrasing, also please get a job
Posted by: dad | Oct 26, 2008 8:21:11 PM
i didnt see any major concerns with godfreys play.warner played lights out so give him a lot of credit.the panthers have to learn to stop trying to run with 9 in the box. thats how you end up trailing 17-3. sometimes you have to pass to set up the run asswipe fox.
Posted by: ray | Oct 26, 2008 9:37:25 PM
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