Sunday, November 30, 2008

5 things I liked about Panthers' 35-31 win over Green Bay

1. It was incredibly entertaining. When offenses go up and down the field like that, defensive coordinators grimace. But fans -- and sportswriters -- love it. It helped that the snow mostly held off. It is now snowing extremely hard in Green Bay and Lambeau Field is covered with white as I write this, truly looking like a frozen tundra. But there was little snow until the game ended.

2. The Panthers' red zone success. The Panthers made five trips inside Green Bay's 20 and scored on every one of them -- all of them 1-yard TDs (a team-record four by DeAngelo Williams). "Getting 7s rather than 3s when we were down there was the difference in the game," QB Jake Delhomme said.

3. Carolina's goal-line stand. The Panthers' defense was picked apart by Aaron Rodgers (298 passing yards) for most of the second half, but came up with the goods late in the fourth quarter by stopping the Packers twice at the 1 on second-and-goal and third-and-goal. Then Green Bay decided to kick the field goal -- a decision now roundly being second-guessed -- to go up 31-28 with 1:57 to go. (Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said: "To go up three points with two minutes left at home, I was confident in that position, that's why I kicked it.") That led to...

4. Steve Smith. What an amazing catch. He actually seemed to catch the back end of the ball on that 54-yard grab, yet held on to set up the Panthers' go-ahead TD.

5. Mark Jones. The Panthers' kick returner was extremely efficient, giving Carolina the equivalent of a couple of free first downs on several of his runbacks.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

GREAT ROAD WIN FOR THE FELLA'S!!!!

Thats the Smitty that I love to watch play!!

Paul said...

Not to complain at all, but why the multiple squib kicks by Lloyd. I know it was into the wind but their kicker didn't seem to have any problems. Great win though... Bring on the Bucs!

Danman said...

What a TEAM VICTORY! IT was a tough place to win, and we did it.
Now TAMPA BAY SUCKS! Monday night, they are over. Lots of PRO BOWLERS on this team. TAMPA BAY SUCKS! KILL THEM MONDAY NIGHT!! GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Danman said...

TAMPA BAY SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stork302 said...

Hey guys, Is everyone gonna forget to mention those three studs in the trenches that made it all happen today? Not me jack. How bout a big shout our for, TREVELL WHARTON, RYAN KALIL AND BRAD "the mover" HOOVER! Hot all mighty what a game these guys had!!!!!!nuff said

MattyWalk said...

What is wrong with the secondary, they are horrible. Ken Lucas played bad, Godfrey played bad, Diggs played bad. How is it so easy to complete a pass against the panthers. They have a long way to go.

Andrew said...

Game ball to Wharton all the way!

GoPanthersGo said...

Right on stork302! Wharton was awesome today!! Props to the o-line for a solid game. Rough 2nd half but the defense stopped the Packers when we needed it late in the game. This is the team that makes Panthers football exciting. GREAT WIN GUYS!!

Michael said...

Yes, thank GOODNESS for that goal line stand after Peppers IDIOTIC penalty. One of the dumbest plays I've seen in an end-game situation in a LONG time. Fortunately, the defense bailed him out, but that late hit could have easily cost us the four points that ultimately created our margin of victory.