Sunday, September 14, 2008

Stewart scores; Panthers cut Bears lead to 4

Right after Lance Briggs hit Jake Delhomme in the head, the tide of this game -- at least temporarily -- turned.

The Panthers got a big break when Chris Harris -- the best fumble-causer in the league -- caused another one. As in San Diego, Chris Gamble picked it up.

Gamble didn't run this one in -- he got stopped at the Chicago 26. And then Carolina started handing it off to running back Jonathan Stewart, who was profiled so nicely in today's Charlotte Observer by our own Charles Chandler.

Carolina got to third-and-1 from just inside the Chicago 5 and gave it to Stewart again. No play-action this time. Just Stewart up the middle. There was a great block from Ryan Kalil.

John Fox decided not to go for two -- that might haunt him later -- but the Panthers are now within 17-13 with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

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