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December 28, 2008

Panthers Postgame

Post your comment/question here after the Panthers' 33-31 win over the Saints. One of our beat writers will answer selected questions later on this evening.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on December 28, 2008 at 05:14 PM | Permalink


How does Jake look? Has Fox said anything about him being shaken up on that one play?

Posted by: Clay | Dec 28, 2008 5:18:10 PM

Not so much a question, but what is wrong with the Panther's secondary?

Posted by: Scott | Dec 28, 2008 5:18:40 PM

Same old conservative coaching. Get a big lead and then play not to win but not to lose.
Very poor time and game decisions late in the game. Getting fed up with the poor game management by the coaching staff. This is the NFL if you play coach timid you don't go far.

Posted by: shoz | Dec 28, 2008 5:19:01 PM

What is up with O-line health?

What is up with prevent OFFENSE?

Jake is one tough dude.

When in doubt, chuck it to Steve. WOW!

Posted by: Gut | Dec 28, 2008 5:19:59 PM

Can someone explain to me the strategy of the squib kick? I see it being far more of a disadvantage than an advantage when used. It gave the Saints an unnecessary second play.

Posted by: allredjedi | Dec 28, 2008 5:20:45 PM

Where was Otah? Did he get hurt?? Is it me or does Lucas continue to get burned on a regular basis?

Posted by: tc | Dec 28, 2008 5:22:41 PM

Injury report?

Posted by: per4mance | Dec 28, 2008 5:23:32 PM

Is Otah hurt now? If not, why was Gross playing RT?

Posted by: Ken Lawton | Dec 28, 2008 5:23:48 PM

What lousy coaching!!! It is absolutely pathetic to use the prevent defense and let a team almost beat you and then call a timeout earlier than needed. The Panthers grabbed victory from defeat.

Posted by: Libs | Dec 28, 2008 5:23:58 PM

When will playoff tickets go on sale? What will the price range be?

Posted by: Charles | Dec 28, 2008 5:26:06 PM

Where was Otah? Did he get hurt?? Is it me or does Lucas continue to get burned on a regular basis?

Posted by: tc | Dec 28, 2008 5:26:28 PM

There will no doubt be alot of negativity (mostly directed towards Fox) on this board, but regardless - we won our second NFC South championship and tied the franchise record for wins in a season. Granted, it took 10 years off my life, but I couldn't be happier for the team.

Anywho, my question is two-fold -- where does the catch by Smith on the final drive rank among all time plays in Panther history? "X-clown" was huge in 2003 of course, but Smitty went up to grab that ball in between TWO defenders, on a jumpball, under 2:00 left in a game with the division on the line. The play in 03 won a playoff game obviously, but it was a relatively simple route and easy catch. This grab was anything but - especially with a division title on the line. What do you guys think?

Secondly - what do you think of Smitty's HOF chances? Between the Mardigras Miracle (please give me credit when y'all use that one) and all the other unreal grabs he's made throughout his career, did this one punch the ticket?

Posted by: kris | Dec 28, 2008 5:30:42 PM

I'd like to know about playoff tickets please. Thanks!

Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 28, 2008 5:32:41 PM

Any thoughts on losing a big lead in the 2nd half in huge games for the last two weeks in a row????

Posted by: J Thomas | Dec 28, 2008 5:33:24 PM

His catch today was great and clutch, but it won't get him into the HOF and punch his ticket.... people outside of Panther fans won't hear about this catch or remember it in a week.

Smith's chances of being in the HOF will all depend on his numbers, and he still has a lot ahead of him.

He definitely is already the best Panthers WR though.

Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 28, 2008 5:36:56 PM

A week off, then a playoff game in BOA Stadium. SWEET. If the Panthers can somehow tighten up their pass defense (consisently way too soft), the rest of their execution is quality and can be a serious threat.

Posted by: balance | Dec 28, 2008 5:46:20 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 5:47:44 PM

14 of 20 for 250 yrds and a TD....take us deep in the post season again Jake. Jake just keeps playing solid...doesn't he?

12-4 overall, and 8-0 at home. John Fox & company should be criticized for their play calling???

How good were our running backs today?

Posted by: Hooover45 | Dec 28, 2008 5:50:40 PM

What was up with John Kasay making that squib kick with 1 sec. remaining (did the Fox boys just get the player wrong?)?

If it was Kasay... why wasn't Rhys Lloyd kicking off? That's what he's there for!

Secondly, what about that replay on the fumble that overturned the play? How can that be justified as "indisputable"?

Posted by: John | Dec 28, 2008 5:52:36 PM

more of a comment then a question but...

the one thing I haven't liked about the coaching in the last two weeks is how we are giving it to stewart rather than williams in key situations

Posted by: lowell | Dec 28, 2008 5:54:37 PM

Cool way to end the season: win in the last second in the first and last game~!
And for those of you who are yangin' about the Cats "letting" the Saints get all of those passing yards -- realize this: Drew Breez came 16 yards away from breaking all kinds of records. If you're still sitting there mouth-breathing, going, doyey, what? That means that the Panthers just beat the BEST Passing QB in recent history.

Posted by: ZeeCat | Dec 28, 2008 5:56:57 PM

Comment, it's funny that people use the question post to pull out their soapboxes and rant and rave.

Question, which two teams are facing off in Wild Card weekend that we would go against?

Posted by: Justin | Dec 28, 2008 6:00:15 PM

When are we going to fire Lucas? Why in the world did we sign Gamble long term. Suffice it to say the duo cost us one game and nearly the Saints game.

Posted by: GrilledCheese | Dec 28, 2008 6:02:25 PM

Why do they do this ALL THE TIME???? Have a huge lead, then blow it, and hope to win by a few points?!?!?! If they do this in the playoffs I will surely have a panic attack!!!

Posted by: chess | Dec 28, 2008 6:03:50 PM

Do you think the 7 seconds was a gift to Breez to give him one pass play for the record?

Posted by: Eric K Hasara | Dec 28, 2008 6:13:59 PM

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