We are starting a Panthers Power Play of the Week series and we have a great selection for this opening post. With 10:13 left in the 2nd quarter RB Jonathan Stewart became the first non-QB to score on a goal line plunge this season and it didn't come easy. You can watch the play via this link but here is how I would describe it:
The Panthers were lined up in a 3 TE Set, Power I formation at the one yard line with Newton under center, Stewart at the top and Jerome Felton at FB. Both Shockey and Olsen were lined up on the right side with Olsen on the end and set back and Ben Hartsock on the left side.
On a quick count the Panthers don't go to the right side as the formation suggests and instead Stewart goes off LG behind Felton, first avoiding a diving tackle by DT Jason Babineaux. LG Travelle Wharton chops his guy and LT Jordan Gross stunts around Hartsock to hit the DE while Hartsock stands up DT Vance Walker. Felton clears the path including a push in the back to Hartsock. Falcons DE Kroy Biermann tries to arm tackle Stewart short of the goal line but it was a futile attempt at best. Momentarily stopped, Stewart turns his back to the goal and leg presses the pile over the goal line...Touchdown!
It is exactly the kind of play designed for a power back like Stewart who should be getting these types of carries inside the 5 yard line instead of our rookie franchise QB Newton, who now has 5 rushing TD's on the season. Congrats to J-Stew for a most awesome display of power running at the goal line.