October 16, 2011

VIDEO: Recap from the Georgia Dome

The Observer's Ron Green Jr. and the Atlanta Journal Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter recap Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons, which ended with the Falcons winning 31-17 and Cam Newton angry:


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August 22, 2009

Post-game observations

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Some thoughts after the Panthers' 27-17 exhibition loss Saturday against the Dolphins:

-- DeAngelo Williams' 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter reminded us of the kind of special running back he's become. He combined tackle-breaking with elusiveness and an unerring nose for the end zone on that one. The air was sucked out of Land Shark Stadium when he broke free that final time.

-- The offensive line held together well, allowing Jake Delhomme plenty of time to pass. And he looked sharp for the first time this preseason. Bad scare when T Jeff Otah went out limping in the first quarter. But he was OK.

-- Nothing good happened with the Panthers' run defense -- again. The Dolphins ran for 141 yards, an average of 5.0 yards. Ronnie Brown reeled off consecutive runs of 10 and 12 yards on Miami's first possession.

-- LB Jon Beason said he sprained his left knee and will have it examined Sunday. Doesn't think it's serious. S Charles Godfrey also hurt his hand, according to coach John Fox.

-- Josh McCown might have had slightly better numbers than Matt Moore -- completing 7-of-12 passes for 61 yards to Moore's 4-of-9 for 41 in the battle to be the No. 2 QB. But Moore looked sharper. His two medium-range hookups to Dante Rosario (24 yards) and Jeff King (22) were impressive.

-- If you're a Jimmy Buffett fan, this is the stadium to for you. But the continous "Fins To The Left, Fins To The Right" that kept playing on the P.A. system after every good thing that happened for the Dolphins started getting old. But hey, Buffett paid for the (naming) rights to do it.

-- Rookie RB Mike Goodson got lots of work with the second team and picked up 23 yards on eight carries. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 25.0 yards. He still doesn't have the knack to hit a hole and burst through it like is needed in the NFL.

-- Another rookie, Captain Munnerlyn, went from one extreme to another on punt returns. He returned one 58 yards -- and appeared to be heading for a TD -- before he was bumped out bounds. Wow, he's got the job, we all thought. Then, he fumbled (luckily for him he recovered it) on a seemingly innocuous hit. Oops, maybe he doesn't have the job. Munnerlyn's long return, though, guarantees he'll continue to get a strong look. Ryne Robinson's inability to get out of the way of a bounce on a late punt -- leading to a Dolphins touchdown -- certainly didn't help his chances of winning back the job he lost when he hurt his knee last season

-- Lots of work for the tight ends: New starter Gary Barnidge had two catches and Rosario and King each had three. The Panthers probably aren't going to have the luxury of keeping all three.

-- Fox blamed the dirt -- muddied from an early-game rain storm -- in the stadium's baseball infield for the bad snap by newcomer J.J. Jansen on a John Kasay field-goal attempt. "We didn't practice on the baseball field down at Wofford (for training camp)," said Fox. "I thought (Jansen) snapped well."

-- The Panthers have 10 fumbles in their two exhibitions -- losing five of them.

-- Rookie DE Everette Brown, though undersized, was drafted for his speed. That's exactly what he used to get to Chad Henne in the third quarter, when he forced the Dolphins quarterback to fumble. -- David Scott



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