- 2007 Carolina Panthers season
Trying to rebound from their home loss to the Texans, the Panther flew to the
Georgia Domefor an NFC South duel with the Atlanta Falcons. After a scoreless first quarter, Carolina scored first in the second quarter with kicker John Kasayhitting a 45-yard field goal. The Falcons took the lead with QB Joey Harringtoncompleting a 69-yard TD pass to WR Roddy White. The Panthers followed up with QB Jake Delhommecompleting a 13-yard TD pass to RB DeShaun Foster. Atlanta would end the half with kicker Morten Andersenhitting a 24-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Falcons took the lead as Harrington completed a 13-yard TD pass to TE
Alge Crumpler. Carolina retook the lead with Delhomme completing a 5-yard TD pass to TE Jeff King, followed by a 10-yard TD run from Foster. In the fourth quarter, the Panthers scored again, with Kasay kicking a 49-yard field goal. The Falcons' Andersen nailed a 25-yard field goal to end the scoring.
The game was noteworthy because of
DeAngelo Hall's third quarter meltdown, wherein he was assessed 67 yards of penalties in a single drive. The penalties included a 37-yard pass interference penalty for tackling WR Steve Smith before the ball arrived, a 15-yard personal foul on the following play for blocking Smith at the line, and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during a verbal exchange with Smith following a third-down sack by John Abraham. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Carolina a first down, allowing their eventual TD to King rather than the likely 45-yard field goal attempt had the penalty not been called. Following the series, Hall was seen arguing with coaches on the sidelines, leading to a $100,000 fine by the team.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 2-1.
Week 4: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
University of Phoenix, Glendale, Arizona
Coming off their divisional road win over the Saints, the Panthers flew to the
University of Phoenix Stadiumfor a Week 6 throwdown with the Arizona CardinalsWith David Carrrecovering from injuries, recently-signed QB Vinny Testaverdegot the start.
In the first quarter, Carolina pounced first with kicker
John Kasaygetting a 33-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Panthers increased its lead with Kasay kicking a 43-yard field goal. The Cardinals would get on the board with RB Edgerrin Jamesgetting a 23-yard TD run. In the third quarter, Carolina responded with Kasay getting a 24-yard field goal, yet Arizona answered with kicker Neil Rackersgetting a 50-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Testaverde completed a 65-yard TD pass to WR Steve Smith, increasing his consecutive seasons with a touchdown pass record to 21-straight. Afterwards, the Panthers sealed the win with Kasay nailing a 45-yard field goal, while RB DeAngelo Williamsgot a 13-yard TD run.
With the win, not only did Carolina improve to 4-2 heading into the bye week, but Testaverde became the oldest starting quarterback to win a game (43 years and 335 days), along with the third oldest quarterback to start a game.
Week 8: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina"
* Game time: 8:15 PM EDT
* Game weather: 51F° (Cloudy)
* Game attendance: 73,860
*TV announcers: (
NFL Network): Bryant Gumbel(play-by-play) & Cris Collinsworth(color commentator)
Coming off their win over the Seahawks, the Panthers stayed at home for a Week 16 Saturday night duel with the playoff-bound
Dallas Cowboysin an attempt to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
In the first quarter, Carolina trailed early as Cowboys QB
Tony Romocompleted a 10-yard TD pass to WR Terrell Owensfor the only score of the period. In the second quarter, Dallas increased its lead with RB Marion Barber getting a 5-yard TD run. The Panthers would get on the board with rookie QB Matt Moorecompleting an 11-yard TD pass to WR Steve Smith. The Cowboys would end the half with kicker Nick Folkgetting a 42-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Carolina began ralling with
John Kasaygetting a 37-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, Dallas responded with Folk kicking a 23-yard field goal. The Panthers tried to comeback as Kasay nailing a 25-yard field goal, but the Cowboys' defense held on for the win.
With the loss, not only did Carolina fall to 6-9, but it also eliminated them from the playoff race.
Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida"
* Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
* Game weather: 80°F, Mostly Cloudy
* Game attendance: 65,609
*TV announcers: (
FOX): Ron Pitts(play-by-play), Tony Boselli(color commentary), and Chip Carter(sideline reporter)
Tampa Bay struck first as second-string QB
Josh McCown, in place of starter Jeff Garcia, drove the Buccaneers down the field for the game's first score, a touchdown pass to TE Jerramy Stevens. The Panthers responded by driving to the Tampa Bay 4 yard line. A field goal kick by John Kasaywas good, but a holding penalty by LB Derrick Brooksgave the Panthers a first down. They capitalized on this opportunity with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Moore to TE Christian Fauria, tying the game at 7.
In the second quarter, a Matt Moore interception by
Phillip Buchanonled to a Matt Bryantfield goal. The Panthers responded once again with a 20-yard touchdown pass to TE Dante Rosario, giving Carolina a 14-10 lead with 6:40 left in the half. Late in the second quarter, Josh Bidwellpunted to Carolina, but a fumble by Ryne Robinsonon the return was recovered by the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay tacked on another Bryant field goal with 2:34 left in the half, but Carolina responded with a field goal of their own with 16 seconds remaining until the break, giving them a 17-13 lead at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Carolina punted and pinned the Buccaneers on their own 2 yard line. McCown then led the Buccaneers on a 10-play, 98-yard touchdown drive, the longest such scoring drive in franchise history, resulting in a 23-yard touchdown pass to RB
Michael Bennettand a 20-17 lead. Carolina kept themselves in the game, however, quickly following up a 46-yard reception to Drew Carterwith a 1-yard touchdown run by RB DeAngelo Williams, making the score 24-20 in favor of the Panthers.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Bucs added another field goal from Bryant with 14:02 left in the game and the score 24-23. The Panthers capped their scoring with a 32-yard touchdown run from Williams, his second of the day, making it 31-23. Trailing late in the fourth quarter, McCown drove the Buccaneers to the Carolina 36 yard line, but was intercepted by DB Richard Marshall. As a sign of respect for his last official game, the Panthers let veteran QB
Vinny Testaverdekneel down the ball on the game's last play. The Panthers finished the season with a record of 7-9.
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