Sunday, December 6, 2009

Panthers win 16-6, D gets 5 interceptions

The Carolina Panthers improved to 5-7 Sunday with a 16-6 win over Tampa Bay – a victory keyed by the defense’s five interceptions against Bucs rookie quarterback Josh Freeman.

Four of those interceptions – including two by linebacker Jon Beason – occurred inside the Panther 10 – and kept Tampa Bay from scoring any points on several drives that seemed sure to net something.

Panther quarterback Matt Moore played well enough to win – he threw one interception but also hit on a 66-yard deep ball to Steve Smith and avoided making too many huge mistakes. Moore’s final numbers: 14-for-20 for 161 yards, zero TDs and one pickoff.

Carolina’s lone TD came on a run by Jonathan Stewart, who had a 100-yard game and shouldered the lion’s share of the carries after DeAngelo Williams missed the game due to injury.

But the defense really won this one (and Carolina was also helped by Tampa Bay field goal kicker Connor Barth missing a couple of relatively easy ones).

Beason had two interceptions, Charles Godfrey had one, Chris Harris picked one off in the end zone and Chris Gamble rounded it off with an interception in the final seconds.

I’ll have my traditional “5 things” Panthers postgame blog up around 5:30 or 6 p.m.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

The Defense was a BEA(ST) today...
Great job..
Loved the throw from Moore to Smitty.


****Curtis....hopefully your anonymous poof be gone steelers fan will give you a break on the blog this week, considering they just lost to the Raiders...

Doing the happy dance...Go Panthers!!!

Julie said...

I liked what I saw from Moore today. Not perfect, but did enough to win. I had been dreading the Patriots game, but now seeing the Patriots drop two and seeing what I saw today from the Panthers, I am cautiously optimistic we could stand a chance in the game.

bartonizer said...

Wow, the Bucs couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag, so I'm not sure that this game was an accurate assessment of anything. Moore looked alright, but two missed field goals and three red zone picks were the true determining factor. He'll have to step it up big time when he plays the Pats.

MrBernz said...

Moore played a good game today, his only interception was a tipped ball that was at least close to the intended receiver.

Anonymous said...

Poor QB Freeman, he seems to have contracted a case of "Bad Jake Fever" when he came to town!

Curtis said...

Hey Jennifer...I stopped paying attention to that moron a long time ago. Talking trash is fine and can be fun, but dealing with so low level intelligence (if you can even call it that) is simply not fair and frankly not very rewarding.

Great game today...damn shame we waited this long to see what Moore could do. I posted some thoughts on Scott's "5 things" already.

Anonymous said...

Good Job Overall....Moore did well enough.....Better than Jake..

RealFan1 said...

A win is a win, and this one was much needed. Great defensive today. Nor was is a terrible start for Moore

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Mavvy said...

It's doggoned well about time.