Panthers rookie QB Jimmy Clausen just had a nice NFL debut, leading Carolina to a field goal on his first pro drive to cut Baltimore's lead to 10-3.
Yes, it was against Baltimore's second-team defense, and yes, the drive ultimately fizzled and John Kasay had to boot a 37-yard field goal. But Clausen showed some poise and moved Carolina 61 yards in 10 plays.
His best play: a 25-yard rocket over the middle to Kenny Moore, who was in tight coverage but caught the ball after tipping it. Clausen also showed a little mobility and executed a couple of screen passes well before finally throwing the ball too far outside for Moore on third down when under a heavy blitz.
Late in the second quarter, the Panthers are down by a touchdown. Baltimore has also put in its second-string quarterback -- Marc Bulger.
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