Sunday, December 12, 2010

Panthers cut lead to 17-7

Just after the Panthers' offense had had one of the worst halves in franchise history, it started the second half with a big bang.

The Panthers went 81 yards in five plays on their opening drive of the second half, scoring on Mike Goodson's 13-yard TD run and slicing Atlanta's lead to 17-7.

The entire drive was on the ground and was punctuated by Jonathan Stewart's 48-yard run to the Tampa Bay 21 (there was great blocking on the play). Before that was a 12-yard Steve Smith reverse -- Smith's first touch of the day -- and after that there were two Goodson carries, for eight yards and then the TD.

With just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Carolina is within 10.

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