Sunday, November 15, 2009

Still 21-19 as Jason Elam misses a FG

The Panthers still are clinging to a 21-19 lead with 6:35 left, thanks in large part to Atlanta kicker Jason Elam.

Elam had a 34-yard field goal lined up that would have given Atlanta a 22-21 lead just a few minutes ago. That's a field goal NFL kickers make around 90 percent of the time.

Instead, Elam stutter-stepped before he got going as he awaited the ball to be snapped, then yanked the kick left. Elam and his holder had a bad miscommunication during this sequence and had a long conversation afterward.

Still, though, Carolina is in danger. The Panthers haven't scored a point in the second half, their defense has been shaky and they are about to get the ball back -- Carolina just went 3-and-out with 4:30 to go.

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