December 28, 2008
Panthers hold on for win, No. 2 seed
NEW ORLEANS – One week after missing a field goal at the end of regulation against the New York Giants that could have given Carolina homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, John Kasay kicked a 42-yarder with one second remaining to give them a dramatic 33-31 win over the New Orleans Saints.
With the win, the Panthers clinched the NFC South Division championship, a first-round playoff bye and a first-round home game.;
Had Kasay missed, the Panthers would have had to play a wild-card game next week at Arizona.
Carolina (12-4) led 30-10 in the fourth period but Saints quarterback Drew Brees led his team to three touchdowns in the final quarter.
New Orleans took a 31-30 lead with 3:15 remaining when Brees threw a 13-yard TD pass to Lance Moore.
The Panthers took possession at their 18 with 3:06 remaining and were playing with an injury-riddled offensive line.
After starters Geoff Hangartner (ankle) and Jeff Otah (toe) had to leave the game, the Panthers had to reconfigure their offensive line, including moving Pro Bowl left tackle Jordan Gross to right tackle.
Quarterback Jake Delhomme’s 39-yard pass to Steve Smith on the first play of the possession moved the Panthers across midfield and eventually set up Kasay’s game-winning field goal.
Brees passed for 386 yards, but fell 15 short of Dan Marino’s single-season NFL record of 5,084 yards passing.
-- Charles Chandler
Posted by Observer Sports on December 28, 2008 at 04:16 PM | Permalink
Thats what Im talking about ....YEA! now our guys can get healthy and we'll be ready for the Falcons or Cardinals in 2 weeks healthy and ready to pewn!!!!!!
Posted by: paul | Dec 28, 2008 4:28:32 PM
Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 28, 2008 4:33:22 PM
JOHN FOX,JOHN FOX ,JOHN FOX.I guess last weeks game taught you nothing.You tried that same conservative bull____ again and we almost lost.You wait until we HAVE to score and blow a lead before you play to win.Great win by our players but I can't really give him any credit.GO PANTHERS!!!
Posted by: bryant80 | Dec 28, 2008 4:39:57 PM
Trilled with the win, division title, and 1st round bye (you guessed it), BUT the defense must play better or we will not win in the divisional round. We were very lucky to win today. You cannot expect the offense to continue to score near 30 points per game in the playoffs. You cannot expect Williams to continue to have these huge games. You cannot expect Steve Smith to continue to make terrific catches of horribly thrown passes into double coverage. Ken Lucas needs to wake the f@#* up. He has been burned the entire second half of the season, especially the last four games. DBs need to get up on the line of scrimmage and bump the WRs. Coaching staff did a better job bringing the blitz, but the DBs need to bump the WRs at the line to give the blitzers that extra second or two to get to the QB. Most important is the attitude the entire team has when it has a lead. They relax. They laugh & joke on the sidelines. There is no "killer instinct" anywhere on this team, especially the coaching staff. The proof is in the last two weeks during the two biggest games of the season when big 2nd half leads have vanished. We are 1-1 in those and very, very lucky to have the one win. I'm sure there will be comments saying I'm not a "true fan". However I feel that a true fan of any team is realistic and honest. Defense is just not a playoff caliber defense right now; add that to the poor attitude of this entire team and that spells trouble come two weeks.
Posted by: J Thomas | Dec 28, 2008 4:46:54 PM
JOHN FOX,JOHN FOX,JOHN FOX.I guess you learned nothing last week.We almost lost again because you are so conservative(or scared). You wait until we blow the lead and have to score to play football.I credit this win to the players ,but you get no love from me.GO PANTHERS!!!
Posted by: bryant80 | Dec 28, 2008 4:49:53 PM
I wonder why Nate Salley and James Anderson played the majority of the 2nd half ? Something wrong with Chris Harris and/or Nail Diggs ? If so, why not play Landon Johnson ? I thought he was second on the depth chart ? Greets.
Posted by: Krueger | Dec 28, 2008 4:53:09 PM
Bye week. Time to rest up and get ready
Posted by: jake the snake | Dec 28, 2008 4:57:37 PM
Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 28, 2008 5:04:22 PM
I really hope this was a serious effing wake up call .. I'm sick of the conservative "cloud" prevent win defense that TURDO and Fox CONSISTENTLY love to use with the lead.. It only works SOMETIMES when the ground game keeps the chains moving, cannot be stopped, and when you have a THIRTY POINT LEAD, not a 20 point lead.. they should have stuck a fork in this team through the air when the Saints KNEW Fox was going to try to run out the clock in the second half of the game. THE SAINTS KNEW WE WERE GONNA RUN THE BALL, AND WHEN IT DOESN'T WORK, THROW THE BALL.. on the other side of the ball, STOP PLAYING PREVENT OR WE ARE 1 and DONE in the divisional round with that kind of play-calling in the post season w/ the lead.. Lucas should be benched for Marshall, and please, FOX/TURDO , YOU'RE KILLING US with the soft cushion coverage!! IT'S OK TO BEAT A TEAM BY MORE THAN 10 POINTS! NO WONDER RICHARDSON NEEDS AN EFFING HEART TRANSPLANT! ok, I'm done venting, you got away with it this week.. GO PANTHERS, learn from these last two weeks and PUT YOUR FUCKING OPPONENTS AWAY LIKE THIS TEAM IS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF DOING THIS SEASON IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!! SUPER BOWL OR BUST FOR PANTHERS!
Posted by: Shaun NJ | Dec 28, 2008 5:09:49 PM
I wonder how David, and Charles like that crow !!
Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 28, 2008 5:12:26 PM
I wonder how David, and Charles like that crow now !!
Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 28, 2008 5:14:30 PM
A win is a win. An NFC South Division Championship is an NFC South Division Championship. If you had promised me a 12-4 record for this season at its beginning, I would have jumped all over it. New Orleans, despite their record, is a top-tier team. They are a high scoring offensive team and we are fortunate to have beaten them twice this year. In fact, Brees came up only 16 yards shy of breaking Dan Marino's single season record. I think having a first round bye is crucial for them to get their O-line healthy again and get ready for a hard push through the playoffs. The defense played great for 3 quarters, but they really need to work on their stamina. They have been playing tired the past 3 or 4 games in the 4th. GREAT JOB PANTHERS!!! Way to work through the momentum shift and pull a win out of the jaws of defeat.
Posted by: NFC South Champs | Dec 28, 2008 5:19:40 PM
Panthers.com store has "RUSH AND CRUSH" T-shirts so I guess we know the new nickname now. Go Panthers!
Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 28, 2008 5:21:06 PM
OMG! C'mon, Trgovac. It's not the athletes, it's the stupid defensive "braintrust". We were getting pressure on Brees when we tried. Why keep dropping people like Brayton back on coverage? The soft coverage basically lost it for us. Thank goodness Steve Smith and John Kasay rescued us...again. And oh,BTW, Fox, why call timeout with 6 whole seconds left. Duh! And please don't try the onside kick again anywhere but down the middle. Shades of the superbowl losing kickoff.
Posted by: Relieved | Dec 28, 2008 5:25:27 PM
Address the soft pass defense and the Panthers REALLY have something.
Posted by: balance | Dec 28, 2008 5:53:44 PM
Anybody know if that 30 yard run by D'Will broke Jim Brown's record ?
Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 28, 2008 9:14:42 PM
I'm proud to call the Panthers NFC South Champs. We get to hoist the TACO Trophy at least. (Tampa, Atlanta, Carolina, [new] Orleans)
Posted by: Aaron | Dec 28, 2008 10:13:00 PM
nasty, paul meant to say pwn: a leetspeak slang term, derived from the word "own", that implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet gaming culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g. "You just got pwned!"). Past tense may also be spelled pwnd, pwn3d, pwnt (pronounced with a t sound), or powned (with the standard d sound)."
Also, Williams did not break Brown's record. He didn't score a TD.
Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 29, 2008 2:03:29 PM
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