It is about time the Panthers put it all together. Well, we won't call this a pretty one by any stretch as there were plenty of warts. But conversely the Panthers big play offense did just that, make big plays. The difference this week was the defense. Though they gave up some yards they also got three turnovers in a game for the first time this season.
Star of the Game: QB Cam Newton
As you would expect Newton was key to the offense. He completed a scintilating 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards and a TD. He also added 61 yards on the ground and his 7th rushing TD of the season to really pad his fantasy stat line. His first quarter 25 yard scramble to 3rd and long in the 1st quarter might have been the best play of the game.
Best End Zone Plunge: RB Jonathan Stewart scored from 1 yard out to extend the Panthers lead to 10 points in a critical 3rd quarter score.
Making Them Count: WR Brandon LaFell only caught two balls but they were both big. One for 37 yards to extend a drive and then a 2 yd TD to seal the drive. LaFell also made some key blocks to spring RBs.
Panther Ugly Stat of the Day: The Panthers committed 13 penalties for 105 yards but somehow still rolled the 'Skins. I'm sure we'll have more to discuss on this later.
Catch of the Day: WR Steve Smith caught a beauty of a 36 yard bomb that was perfectly thrown by Newton that put the Panthers at the one yard line. Smith had 7 catches for 143 yards.
Run of the Day: Newton keep the ball on an option play and scored from 12 yards out to open the Panthers scoring in the 2nd half.
Beast of the Day: LB James Anderson did John Beason proud today with his play. He made several key stops and was a total force on defense. 12 tackles, sack, 2 TFL, pass defensed, QB hit is a great day.
Give This Guy an Apple: DE Antwan Applewhite made his presence felt early with a sack and fumble in the 1st half that was recovered by DT Terrell McClain.
Lots more to talk about sure but I'll end this here and open it up for your post-game comments.