It's over for Carolina -- the Panthers just lost in the NFC playoffs, 33-13, to Arizona.
This was an amazingly dominant performance by the Cardinals -- and an awful one by the Panthers, particularly QB Jake Delhomme.
Delhomme ended up with SIX turnovers, including a team-record five interceptions (the previous record had been four).
The game reminded me a whole lot of sitting in the press box at Seattle for the NFC Championship game in the 2005 season.
In that one, Carolina also lost by 20 points (34-14). Steve Smith was held to hardly any significant yardage but did score one meaningless TD (a punt return in Seattle, a score with less than a minute left in the 4th quarter here).
The defense was bad. John Fox's coaching was bad. And, of course, the biggest common denominator was Delhomme's awful performance (he had three interceptions in that one).
But this game takes the cake as Delhomme's worst ever. It's almost incomprehensible how horrible he was. For the more than 70,000 fans who showed it up -- and the 10,000 or so that stuck it out through the pouring rain that blasted the field toward the end of the game -- the Panthers owe you an apology.
11 months ago