Sunday, December 13, 2009

Panthers cut lead to 14-10 early in 4th

Carolina just got a 36-yard field goal from John Kasay to cut New England's lead to 14-10 here in Foxboro, Mass.

Kasay's FG came with 12:14 left in the game. Carolina ended up with a 9-play, 57-yard drive to get it, which included a wonderful sideline catch by Dante Rosario and a 22-yard run by DeAngelo Williams.

The drive stalled on third-and-8 at the New England 18, however. Carolina tried to trick New England by putting Steve Smith in the backfield and then throwing a short ball to him. It fooled no one, and if the throw hadn't been in the dirt, New England safety Brandon Meriweather might have picked it off and gone all the way.

Instead, Carolina cut the Pats' lead to four, but Carolina's defense looked very tired last time it was out there (and gave up a 96-yard TD drive).

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