Detroit isn't going away. The Lions just went 70 yards in 15 plays, grinding up 8 minutes of the clock and stuffing it down the throat of Carolina's proud defense on several big plays.
Daunte Culpepper vaulted over the pile from 1 yard out for the TD, which cut Carolina's lead to 24-22 with 6:05 left in the game. But Carolina then stopped the two-point conversion just inches short. On the play, which looked like a designed QB draw, Culpepper had a hole and tried to sprint through it, but Carolina LB Jon Beason and a couple of teammates stuffed him inside the 1.
The Panthers will try to run some clock on their next possession, but they also may need some more points, as Detroit really moved the ball well on that last drive.