Baltimore just clobbered Carolina, 37-13, to drop the Panthers to 1-9 this season.
The Ravens led the entire way, but Carolina actually got within a touchdown early in the fourth quarter on Brian St. Pierre's 88-yard TD pass to David Gettis. That made it 20-13, Baltimore, and gave the Panthers a bit of life.
But from then on, the Panthers crumbled. First, Baltimore drove for a field goal. Then St. Pierre threw two straight interceptions that were returned for TDs only 11 seconds apart, and that made a 23-13 game into a 37-13 rout. Baltimore, which hadn't scored a defensive TD all season, scored two in a couple of heartbeats.
About all that was left in the stadium at the end were a couple of thousand Ravens fans, chanting "Let's go, Ravens!" and generally making Bank of America Stadium their own. It was only the latest in a series of embarrassing moments for the Panthers.
Baltimore QB Joe Flacco was superb, throwing for 301 yards and continually eluding the Panther rush as the Ravens improved to 7-3.
The Panthers have lost their last 3 games by 31, 15 and 24 points, respectively.
Panther coach John Fox went with St. Pierre the entire way at quarterback, even after the back-to-back interceptions that resulted in TDs.
Fox also insisted on using all his timeouts at the end of the game when down by 24 points. He then ran the ball twice once he got it back. Panther RB Mike Goodson did have a second straight 100-yard rushing game, including a 45-yarder.
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