The Panthers finally got a good drive going in the second quarter, and it should have resulted in a TD. Instead, WR Muhsin Muhammad had one of the worst drops of his career, and Carolina instead only cut the Arizona lead to 10-3.
On first-and-goal from the 5, the Panthers lined up Steve Smith and Muhammad on the right side. Smith went inside, both defenders went with him and Muhammad was as open as you can possibly be in the NFL. Delhomme hit him bewteen the numbers at the goal line, fans started celebrating... and Muhammad dropped it.
Moose has made some incredible catches in his career, too, of course. That one, though, was hard to fathom. Instead of 10-7, it ended up 10-3 (and could have been 10-0, as Delhomme's third-down pass was nearly intercepted).
The Panthers did move the ball, at least, on the drive. They ran a couple of direct snaps to DeAngelo Williams that were effective and Delhomme made several good throws to get them into position for their first points of the game.
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