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December 23, 2010

Good night to run, or not

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – It's a brisk night here at Heinz Field. Snow flurries. Temperatures in the 20s.

A good night for the Panthers to try to establish their resurgent rushing attack.

The bad news: They'll have some tough sledding against the league's No. 1 run defense.

Even with Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu out for a second consecutive week with an ankle injury, the Steelers' 3-4 defense is tough and nasty. Complicating matters is the fact that Panthers starting fullback Tony Fiammetta is out with an ankle injury.

Still, the Panthers have to try to grind it out and keep Jimmy Clausen out of third-and-long situations.

The tight ends will be key. Panthers coach John Fox indicated Dante Rosario and Co. could get snaps at fullback, as they have periodically.

They're pulling the tarp off the field now, two hours before kickoff. The flurries have slowed.

Footing won't be a problem for the Carolina backs. The Steelers will be the issue.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 23, 2010 at 06:17 PM | Permalink


OK, what is the exact rule on touchbacks? The first Panther punt was ruled a touchback because the Panther's foot was on the endzone line but replay clearly showed that he stepped back into the field of play BEFORE he touched the ball. Why is that still a touchback?

Posted by: John | Dec 23, 2010 8:44:19 PM

I swear if that ball bounced out of his hands and its a touch down, Fox should pull the team off of the field

Posted by: 757panthersfan | Dec 23, 2010 8:49:35 PM

Well at least the NFL doesnt hate the Panthers as bad as most people in Charlotte. Good Call! Ball popped out and he scooted his hand back under it.

Posted by: 757panthersfan | Dec 23, 2010 8:53:58 PM

Oh for crying out loud... the wildcat?

Please... give us a new head coach NOW! Let someone else use the remaining games to figure out who to keep and who we need to draft! I would have gone for it on the first possession since punting wasn't likely to gain you much.

Posted by: John | Dec 23, 2010 9:01:29 PM

Now, in exactly the same place and same yardage they go for it and leave Clausen to take a sack. Not a draw, not a play-action, not a quick out... not ANY of the plays that normally have the best chance of success. With John Kasay, even a 50-yard field goal, into the wind has a better chance than what they called.

Posted by: John | Dec 23, 2010 9:04:30 PM

Typical 4th string booth crew we get... two blue gloves around the football on the muffed punt and the announcer declares "Pittsburg recovers"... can we get the booth a bigger monitor please? Or glasses.

Posted by: John | Dec 23, 2010 9:13:05 PM

Defense make the trip to Pittsburg? Can't tell. Wonder if Paul Silas can coach football...

Posted by: John | Dec 23, 2010 9:16:08 PM


The people who are p.o.'d don't hate the Panthers... we love them... we're just sick of the way they aren't being coached/managed/owned properly!

Posted by: John | Dec 23, 2010 9:18:45 PM

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