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December 27, 2009

Panthers dominant Giants as Stewart joins Williams in 1,000-yard club

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Carolina Panthers are ending a lackluster season with an almost stunning display of proficiency against what had looked like a difficult stretch of opponents.

In the New York Giants' final regular season game at Giants Stadium, the Panthers stole the show with a 41-9 win that featured a 206yard rushing perforance by Joanthan Stewart.

Stewart set a team single-game record for most rushing yards in a game and went over 1,000 yards for the season, making him and DeAngelo Williams the sixth pair of teammates to hit the 1,000-yard mark in the same season.

Williams didn't play Sunday because of an ankle injury. He has 1,117 yards and Stewart's season total is up to 1,008

The Panthers scored 40 points in a game for the first time since beating Atlanta 44-11 on Jan. 1, 2006.

The victory came one week after Carolina surprised Minnesota 26-7 at Bank of America Stadium.

The dual upset wins assure Carolina (7-8) of avoid the first season with double-digit losses in coach John Fox's eight seasons with the team.

The Giants fell to 8-7 and suffered a huge blow to their playoff hopes.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, then scored 21 unanswered points in the second period for a 24-0 lead. They cruised in the second half.

Quarterback Matt Moore had a strong performance again, throwing three touchdowns passes with no interceptions for the second consecutive week.

However, the Panthers appeared to have lost wide receiver Steve Smith for next week's season finale against New Orleans with an arm injury suffered on a 27-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter.

Earlier, Muhsin Muhammad caught his first TD pass of the season on a 22-yarder. That was the first time all season that any wide receiver other than Smith had a TD reception for the Panthers.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on December 27, 2009 at 03:53 PM | Permalink


Good game fellas. If delhomme starts next year I am offically decomitting as the #1 panther fan. Matt Moore makes Fox look even worse for not starting him when he could have helped (not hurt us) when we really needed it.

P.S the saints just lost to the bucs WOW!!

Posted by: Chuck | Dec 27, 2009 4:07:55 PM

Wow. Just wow! What a great way to bring the season to a close. I wanted Smith to make 1000 receiving yards, but seeing as how Tampa is taking the Saints to OT on the road, this will be PERFECT for the Panthers to measure Moore.

No Steve SMith with a team fighting for everything.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Dec 27, 2009 4:08:02 PM

Look this up, has a NFL team had two 1000 yard backs and not made the playoffs plus a top 10 defence? Fire Fox!

Posted by: k7 | Dec 27, 2009 4:12:27 PM

Fox isn't getting fired, sorry to make you sad. He bought himself another year as he should because he's superior to most coaches in the league.

Posted by: Bort Svenson | Dec 27, 2009 4:18:48 PM

What a great game by Moore today....Did Jake have a 139 % QB rating this year...

Just asking not trying to be a smart A@@...

Does anyone actually know and if so, do you remember what game it was?

Hate Smitty broke his arm....him and Moore were throughly beginning to enjoy one another....

Haha just heard Howie Long say Carolina will punch you in the mouth...Go Panthers!!!!

Way to go on the 2-0-0+ Stewey....

Posted by: Jennifer | Dec 27, 2009 4:20:00 PM


Stick with the run Foxy!!!


Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 27, 2009 4:21:38 PM

Glad to see Stewart join the 1,000 club! Even more happy to see how well the Panthers played! Gives me a lot of hope for next season as I think Moore is really proving himself. Wish he had been QB all year, but I guess the point is mute now.

Posted by: Elizabeth | Dec 27, 2009 4:22:04 PM

Hate to see Smitty go down, but I really look forward to seeing how Davidson and crew handle the gameplan. Could we be seeing more of Kenneth Moore, and can Matt Moore execute without his weapon?

If Matt wins again against a New Orleans club that may well be playing for home field advantage to get this team to 8-8, I really can't imagine him not being the starter come August.

Posted by: Scott | Dec 27, 2009 4:22:10 PM

@ k7 That just shows how BAD a coach Fox is...stats just don't LIE!

Posted by: hellfish | Dec 27, 2009 4:23:23 PM

Matt Moore should be the starter next year hands down they have nothing to lose

Posted by: ceasar | Dec 27, 2009 4:24:59 PM

K7 youre an imbecile, Taking a win & using it to say fire Fox. You are running on your last brain cell. Only an imbecile would fire a coach when he may have a .500 season, & he has a team built up that when they are all healthy no other team can touch. Fix built this team that won today, no matter when he started a player, you dont know what might have been had Moore started. We do know what is happening now, Moore played 2 great games in a row but he wasnt the starter earlier so deal with it dummy. Be happy with a win & stop being an imbecile & talking about firing Fox because they won games, more games than most of you tards thought they would win this season with their schedule.

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 27, 2009 4:25:43 PM

Oh 1 more thing, shouldnt the headline say Panthers dominate Giants?

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 27, 2009 4:27:09 PM

if Matt doesnt become a starter next year the Panthers should lose every game they play next year with Jake

Posted by: ceasar | Dec 27, 2009 4:32:34 PM

Hate Smitty broke his arm,but this is a chance for all the other recievers to step up and show what they can do.Seems like Fox has finally gotten with the program.

Posted by: dee gray | Dec 27, 2009 4:35:35 PM

Say John Fox, how does staying with Jake Delhomme fit in your way of thinking now that Matt Moore made you and Jerry Richardson look like a fool?

Fire John Fox now. Cant beleive this coach didnt put Mat Moore in earlier this year.

End of Line.

Posted by: Drithe | Dec 27, 2009 4:38:30 PM

First, GO PANTHERS!!! GREAT VICTORY!!! Next, final word on the Delhomme injury, get me video of the post game hand shakes AFTER his "injury" and I'll show you hand shakes with an unbandaged right hand and no grimaces of pain. NO INJURY. Matt &^%% 'en MOORE baby. Say hello to our new franchise QB and NO the saint's are NOT a good "test" dude. He's PASSED THE FREAKEN TEST NOW. 6 TD's to 0 INT.'s in the last two games vs. the VIKINGS and GIANTS defenses when THEY were battling for playoffs or position in playoffs. And did that with a total of what 4 starts?? Delhomme didn't do that until his second FULL season and against SF and Oak. PERIOD.

Posted by: handyman | Dec 27, 2009 4:40:40 PM

hopefully the last 2 games is an eye opener for the Carolina fans and staff. Moore in, Delhomme out!!......John fo can go too.

Posted by: Will | Dec 27, 2009 4:43:56 PM

Sadly I believe that with Moore at QB we win the Buffalo game, the Jets game and probably the Miami game. This makes our record 10-5 and puts us in the playoffs. Sadly this didn't happen and we can only sit back and say "what if". Shame on you coach Fox!

Posted by: panthervic | Dec 27, 2009 4:44:08 PM

Wow...just imagine if we had started the season with Moore @ QB and the game plan of the last two weeks. It may still be too early to tell, but perhaps we really have something with Moore.

Posted by: DWS44 | Dec 27, 2009 4:44:10 PM

Oh and by the way. Smitty AND Moose have their longest receptions of the season, their biggest games of the season, we had our highest rushing totals of the season (pass opens run up) we also had infinitely better TRUE passing yards down-field BEFORE the run, and we did that the last two weeks against teams with good to great D's, without TWO O-linemen and our starting running back and WITH MATT MOORE!!!!!!! Now who the can begin to logically explain how that is NOT 100% because of nothing, nothing but the change at QB. All that against us and we beat the snot out of our opponents and the SAME team and receivers played drastically better at the same time we STOPPED playing Delhorrible! Period. it's obvious what the problem was. No hiding the FACTS!

Posted by: handyman | Dec 27, 2009 4:47:31 PM

Fow stays, Jake-o's gotta goooooooo !

Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 27, 2009 4:48:03 PM

As soon as Moore has two or three bad games in a row, everyone will be yelling for his scalp too. Enjoy it while you can, Matt.

Posted by: eproht | Dec 27, 2009 4:51:46 PM

Oh I believe with all my heart Fox will be back next year. I also think that Mr Richardson needs to hire a strong capable GM. Hurney needs to go back to cap management (when one comes back). If we don't keep Fox the ink won't be dry on his severance check before some other team has him signed to a long term contract. The Big Cat just needs to tell Foxy to let his coordinators do their jobs.

Posted by: panthervic | Dec 27, 2009 4:53:11 PM

By the way Troy Aikman is a MORON. Fox is the one who hasn't had 2 consecutive winning seasons in his NFL head coaching career. He's the one who sat on Delhorrible saying our backups weren't good enough to even TRY in a 5 int. game!!!! Now tell me again Fox, exactly why is it YOU didn't try Moore???? Cause he'd already won 2 of 3 NFL games a couple years back? Cause he's YOUNGER, MORE MOBILE than Delhomme? Fox may be an OK coach, but IF WE WANT A SUPERBOWL WIN WE NEED MOORE AND A COACH WITH THE MARBLES TO BE AGGRESSIVE. Ironically like he's allowed the offense to be now that we have no chance of the playoffs, telling Moore "grip it and rip it" when he took the start! MORON!

Posted by: handyman | Dec 27, 2009 4:53:19 PM

Don't worry, Charles Chandler will find a way to rip into Matt Moore in his critique.

Posted by: BigKevUNCC | Dec 27, 2009 4:53:46 PM

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