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November 28, 2010

Final: Browns 24, Panthers 23

    This is why you play the game.

    The Carolina Panthers, who had been outdueled by their former comeback king, mounted one of their own, only to fall short when John Kasay missed a 42-yard field goal on the game's final play.

    The Browns took a 24-23 win when Kasay's attempt, which followed a stirring drive by rookie QB Jimmy Clausen, hit the left upright.

    Clausen's earlier pick appeared to seal the game, but they quickly got the ball back, and moved downfield thanks to some nifty plays by RB Mike Goodson and an incredible catch and get-out move by WR Brandon LaFell.

    That play had to be reviewed, and gave the Panthers time to set up what's normally an easy kick for Kasay. But this one started left and never moved, plunking the hardware and killing what could have been known as "The Drive," in Panthers lore.

    The Panthers kept scratching after falling into 21-7 hole, taking the lead with 7:01 left on a Kasay field goal.

    But Delhomme did what he did so many times in Carolina, calmly led a late drive (relying heavily on the run game), which ended with Phil Dawson's field goal with 2:42 remaining.

    The loss drops the Panthers to 1-10, the first time in coach John Fox's era he's had double-digit losses.

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2010 at 04:23 PM | Permalink


This one hurts worse than the blowouts this year. Talk about being snakebitten.

Posted by: D-Von Dudley | Nov 28, 2010 4:33:40 PM

I love kasey but we can't have two kickers for two misses. We also can't have a bad qb and bad play calling for 3.5 quarters

Posted by: Phillip | Nov 28, 2010 4:33:57 PM

Nothing against Clausen, but I wish Panthers had picked Colt McCoy, who seems to have better football IQ.

As for today's game, refs blew call on that last catch in favor of Panthers, so I guess it was karma that Kasey missed.

Posted by: Longhorn Fan | Nov 28, 2010 4:35:03 PM

John K picked the wrong time to miss a field goal. I didn't understand the prevent defense at the 7 minute mark having Jake D drive down the field.

Clausen besides the interception had played okay, only time he would throw deep is when the Brown was playing prevent defense.

Why isn't Smith more involve in the passing, 2 ctaches along being target 3 times? Why did Stewart only get 12 touches with 98 yards? Should have had more.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 28, 2010 4:37:30 PM

The playcalling was suspect late in the game. Did they had a 1st down at the 44 yard line when Clausen threw the pick? All of a sudden they have Clausen pass on 1st down, but earlier in the game they had him hand it off.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 28, 2010 4:39:59 PM

@Longhorn Fan, LaFell clearly caught the ball, what did you see that the refs didn't? The blown call was the earlier LaFell catch that the refs reversed, followed by the 1st Kasay miss.

It was good to see the team fight, but it would've been nice to see another notch in the win column.

Posted by: Versus | Nov 28, 2010 4:40:44 PM

I'm sure everyone's yanging about Kasay's screw-ups, which piss me off, too; but it shouldn't have gotten to that point. Come ON!!! 3rd and 23 and they do a freakin RUN play! I told my wife: Davidson will call a run play. He called a run play. Busted. PUNT.

Hell, I see the Panthers play like everyone else, other coaches included. You think the other teams can guess the same thing? Double Freakin DUH!

We do need new kickers, though.

Posted by: Blaqat | Nov 28, 2010 4:43:48 PM

This loss pains me to no end.

My grief is indescribable.

Posted by: Revshawn | Nov 28, 2010 4:52:47 PM

I wanted them to win also, but come on. We aren't doing anything this year anyways, so having the number 1 pick would be great. Don't get me wrong, I'm not HOPING to lose... But does this loss "pain me to no end"? No

Posted by: Gamble20 | Nov 28, 2010 5:01:29 PM

If you are not pained to no end, go follow another team.

Posted by: Phillip | Nov 28, 2010 5:04:17 PM

So predictable...We ran the ball almost every 2nd down until the very end...Jimmy is improving though.He needs to throw down the field more.People don't think he has a strong arm but he does.I think he's going to get better every game.Goodson is awesome.We def.need to trade a RB.

Posted by: bryant80 | Nov 28, 2010 5:11:22 PM

Kasay screwed up twice on the final field goal attempt...first, he missed the kick, and second, he missed the opportunity to draw a roughing the kicker penalty by dancing around an attempted blocker. In fact, that blocker may have intimidated Kaysay's kick. But John should have followed through normally after the kick instead of dancing to avoid stepping on the opposing blocker...and thereby missing the opportunity to draw a roughing call.

John, it's been a great ride...but all good things MUST come to an end. Your time is up, pal. Making 60% of your kicks inside the 50 doesn't cut it in the big leagues.

Posted by: dangburmit | Nov 28, 2010 5:16:35 PM

I hope the panthers have a separate plane for the coaches and it goes down in flames. See you guys in H*LL. HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: mister jones | Nov 28, 2010 5:18:11 PM

Jerry Richardson's Diabolical Plan to Move The Carolina Panther's to Southern Cal.

1. Gain favor w/commisioner and league owners. He is already one of the most influential owners in the league. On March 22, 2010 he gave a passionate speech t...o the owners to stay united against the NFLPA in the upcoming negotiations. He will be a major part of this.
2. Isolate the fans and the local government.
a) Dismantle team, dump player salaries, make no effort to put a decent product on the field and raise ticket prices.
b) August 23, 2010- The Charlotte Observer came out with an article stating that the Panthers would either need another stadium or BofA Stadium would need major renovations in 10-15 years estimated cost to renovate, over 300 million dollars. New stadium? Closer to 1 Billion. Do you think he will pay for this out of his own pocket? He didn't build BofA w/ his own money.
3. Have a place to move to- Here it is folks, The Taj Mahal of ALL stadiums in America is going to be built in the second largest TV market in the country. On a 600-acre complex. Southern Cal is looking to land an existing franchise. Check this website out. http://www.losangelesfootballstadium.com/

After all is said and done, no football in 2011 (Lockout). 2012 will be the last year in Charlotte for the Panthers. 2013 Panthers play in either L.A. Colisuem, The Rose Bowl or Qualcomm Stadium. 2014 The NEWLY CHRISTENEND CALIFORNIA PANTHERS play in their new home.Clausen and most of the current Panthers are not in the future plans. When Harbaugh is named the New Head Coach and Luck is the 1st pick of the Panthers. This is when I would start looking for the Mayflower Moving trucks in the middle of the night. I'm just saying :-p

Posted by: milkman158 | Nov 28, 2010 5:19:06 PM

bite me milkman...our Panthers are not going anywhere

Posted by: bull123 | Nov 28, 2010 5:24:47 PM

This team needs help starting from coaches to the kickers.

Posted by: john | Nov 28, 2010 5:27:37 PM

Does anyone seriously believe in a lockout in 2011?
#1 - these young guys have struggled their entire life to play in the NFL
#2 - The Money. Come on, once they get a taste, it's not like they can say, "oh, it's enough until we can resolve our differences. I have saved some."

You're completely high if you think otherwise.

Although, here's a thought: an interim plan: 2011 plan, play with a one-year contract until things get worked-out.

Bite me if you don't agree. I'm the guy in the corner with all the chicks, drinking Dom...

Posted by: Blaqat | Nov 28, 2010 5:33:38 PM

The kick Kasay missed should have been to win the game and if missed, send it into OT....dumb-ass Fox not going for two in the third quarter sealed our fate, but people, including the weak reporters of the Observer won't stand up to Fox, but rather, will throw Kasay under the bus....

Posted by: Phil | Nov 28, 2010 5:36:54 PM

Phil, you're wrong. No coach goes for two until they need it.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 28, 2010 5:43:34 PM

milkman, I would believe you, but I can't find my tinfoil hat, so I think the aliens are manipulating my brainwaves to think that's a bunch of hooey. Either that or the UN mind-controlling flu shots.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Nov 28, 2010 6:00:19 PM

Nobody can survive in this scheme. Clausend does good considering the crap coaching. Rosario has already blamed himself for Clausen's pick saying he ran the wrong route. judge next year when you have real coaches with a good system.

Posted by: PaantherFan | Nov 28, 2010 6:04:42 PM

3 things for the Panthers to do:

1. Pick Cam Newton in the draft if we get #1...that's where he's going. If you want to get lulled to sleep by flashes by Clausen fine, but let them duke it out in training camp. Every team needs two good qbs.

2. Luckily due to injuries Mike Goodson has trade value. Trade him and stockpile picks like the Patriots.

3. This is hard, but trade Steve Smith - he deserves to play with a contender and we can stockpile picks like the Patriots.

We're the youngest team in the league we should embrace it.

Posted by: AG | Nov 28, 2010 6:23:05 PM

All N.C. fans your team should be embarressed to call themselves a professional team. The coach is a piece of S???, The quarterback sucks, and the owner does not have a hair on his A?? or he would never have let the sorry A?? kicker ride home on the plane with the team. One win and we have a local high school team who has a better quarterback than you plus yes our kicker made 42 yard field goals all year. LOL

Posted by: Buckeye | Nov 28, 2010 6:39:29 PM

Milk, what are you on? JR is entrenched in Charlotte and training camp in SC. Not going anywhere.

Cam Newton will not be the #1, it will be Luck (and we should pick him for the same reason that you stated about Cam).

Smitty ain't going anywhere either. He's a Panther for life. JR wants to put a statue out front of him.

I do believe that this is the last year of Kasay. It was a good ride.

Posted by: SSGPat | Nov 28, 2010 6:42:01 PM

buh bye panties. nice knowing ya. send a postcard from the left coast.

Posted by: Movedapants2cal | Nov 28, 2010 7:10:23 PM

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