Ricky Williams scored three TD's and Panthers QB Jake Delhomme threw a key red zone INT as the Panthers folded when inside the 20 yard line. This game leaves me frustrated by two of the same things the Panthers have struggled with all season. first, QB Jake Delhomme's propensity to throw bad passes late in the game ends yet another Panther comeback. Second, poor play calling on 3rd down and in the red zone put the Panthers in the hole to begin with.
I'm not going to recap the numbers on offense, you can check the box score here. What you will see is two teams who generated similar levels of offense over the course of the game, but one team was able to finish their drives and the other could not. One defense was able to bring the pressure on the QB and the other could not (4 sacks to Zero). One defense was able to get a red zone turnover, the other wilted down the stretch.
Here are some quick hits:
- The Panthers were able to finally throw the ball downfield once the game was out of reach. TE Gary Barnidge made a very nice grab in the final minute to give us another hopeless chuck-a-prayer into the endzone.
- RB DeAngelo Williams was a bright spot but I'm sure most will agree with me he didn't touch the ball enough (13 carries, you must be kidding me)
- Dolphins RB Ricky Williams shredded the Panthers run defense for 119 yards and 2 TD's on the ground. We are missing LB Thomas Davis and is would seem the endurance questions about DT Hollis Thomas might bear out.
- WR Steve Smith had a good game with 87 yards and a TD. It just wasn't enough though.
- When three of your top four tacklers in a game play the secondary you know it was a tough day for the defensive line; A Dolphins 3rd down draw play that went for 17 on 3rd and 16 was a killer blow
- Kick coverage was again horrid. The Dolphins KR Ted Ginn averaged 42 yards on two returns.
The Panthers drop to 4-6 and now are on the brink of being out of the wildcard draw.
What do you have to say about this loss Panther fans?