The Panthers started Sunday's final home game of the season nicely, taking a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal by John Kasay less than five minutes into the game.
Carolina's defense started with a 3-and-out on Arizona. Following came a punt, and Captain Munnerlyn ran it back 71 yards inside the Arizona 20 -- only to have that return nullified by an illegal block on Greg Hardy.
It didn't take Carolina long to get back there, however -- Jonathan Stewart broke a 35-yard run on the Panthers' first offensive play and then Jimmy Clausen hit a short pass that Brandon LaFell turned into a 20-yard gain.
The drive sputtered, however, when Clausen put a third-down pass that could have been a touchdown way too low for Mike Goodson. Kasay's field goal made it 3-0, Carolina, with 10:22 left in the first quarter.