Thursday, August 12, 2010

Panthers pull within 1 on defensive TD

The rain has started pouring down again early in the third quarter and it's affecting everything.

The Panthers, however, have played better in it than Baltimore so far -- safety C.J. Wilson just returned a Baltimore fumble 31 yards for a TD. John Kasay shanked the extra-point attempt off the right goalpost, however, leaving Carolina behind, 10-9.

Just before that, Jimmy Clausen threw his first NFL interception. He tried to hit Dexter Jackson on a one-on-one sideline route, but Jackson was well-covered and, to make matters worse, fell down on his cut.

That left Baltimore's Cary Williams with a fairly simple catch, which he made.

However, Carolina reserve defensive end Eric Moore then made a great play, beating a block and knocking the ball out of Jalen Parmele's hands in the backfield. Wilson scooped it up and scored Carolina's first TD.

Also notable: Carolina rookie defensive end Greg Hardy had sacks on consecutive plays earlier this quarter. And the Panthers are giving a long look to Armanti Edwards as punt returner -- he had an 18-yarder earlier in the game.

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