Foolish mistake by Carolina cornerback Richard Marshall. Arizona rookie Early Doucet hit Marshall a little late, hit him as the play was ending. Marshall did what he was supposed to and gave Doucet a shove. And then, after they stood face to face and the play clearly had ended, Marshall blatantly and forcefully shoved Doucet. Instead of a third down, the penalty gave Arizona 15 yards and a first down. Neil Rackers kicked a 49-yard field goal.
The Panthers are a veteran team that has played with poise all season. This is a new season. Marshall will settle down. The defense's leaders -- Jon Beason, Chris Harris and Julius Peppers -- will insist.