Carolina won its second game of the season Sunday in what should be John Fox's final home game as the Panthers' head coach, defeating Arizona 19-12 in the most complete game the Panthers have played all season.
Fox went out with a flourish as the Panthers won the game the way they long did under the coach -- with a strong running game, defense and special teams. That combo was spiced with a few good passing plays and a turnover-free effort from rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and that was enough to win even though Arizona (4-10) scored nine fourth-quarter points to make it interesting. Carolina broke a seven-game losing streak with the victory.
The Panthers (2-12) remain in the No.1 spot for the 2011 draft since Cincinnati (3-11) edged Cleveland, 19-17. So this was a true guilt-free win for Carolina.
Panther running back Jonathan Stewart keyed the offense with 137 yards rushing. Clausen had an error-free day, going 13-for-19 for 141 yards and one touchdown -- a 16-yarder to Jeff King.
The Panthers got four field goals from John Kasay for the rest of their points. Arizona scored on a fourth-quarter TD (missing the two-point conversion) and two field goals by Jay Feely.
Feely also missed on two onside-kick attempts during the game -- the second, with 0:54 left, was recovered by Carolina's Jordan Senn for the second straight time, cinched the Panthers' win. Senn then gave Fox a hug and also the ball he recovered as Fox smiled broadly.