Carolina looked better on its first drive than it did for almost all of that 0-4 preseason -- and definitely different. Among the surprises on the 13-play, 70-yard drive:
-- The Panthers ran the "Wildcat" formation once, with Steve Smith taking the snap rather than DeAngelo Williams.
-- After going for it on fourth down an NFL-low eight times in 2008, John Fox made a nice call on fourth-and-1 from the 2 on Carolina's first drive. Jonathan Stewart got the ball and scraped out a yard-and-a-half for the first down.
-- Carolina burned two of its timeouts on the drive.
-- The Panthers got two straight false-start penalties, changing a first-and-goal from the half-yard line to a first-and-goal from the 10 1/2.
-- And then, after both those penalties, DeAngelo changed direction, sprinted to the end zone's left corner and scored from 11 yards out. Carolina 7, Philadelphia 0.
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