One drive after he got booed by some fans following an overthrow, Jake Delhomme threw a 15-yard TD pass to TE Jeff King. That cut Detroit's lead to 10-7 with 8:19 to go in the second quarter.
The drive really belonged to the Panthers' running game, though. Rookie Jonathan Stewart had a 21-yard run that might have gone for 40 more if he hadn't tripped. Steve Smith had a good gain on a reverse (a play the Panthers should use every game at least once -- they've only run it twice all year).
The Panthers had Detroit expecting the run by the end of the drive, which was why the play-action pass to King was so effective. Carolina ran 6 of the 8 plays on the drive.
Detroit then fumbled the kickoff following that TD, but several Carolina players missed opportunities to cover the ball, and Detroit managed to recover.
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