We've got our first victory game ball to give out Panther fans and we've got a tough decision to make. We've got game ball worthy performances on both sides of the ball so let's sum it up and get to the poll.
QB Cam Newton - As James pointed out this morning Newton struggled through 3 quarters (and a monsoon that blurred the TV camera) but then with the game on the line he goes 5 of 7 for 78 yards and a game winning TD to TE Greg Olsen.The kid also amazingly didn't get sacked though he was on the run for what seemed most of the game.
RB Jonathan Stewart - Stewie contributed 85 total yards rushing and receiving but more importantly he had two key plays late in the 4th quarter to help seal the win. He had an 18 yard reception leading up to the game winning TD to Olsen. He later tacked on a key 20 yard scamper that burned precious time off the clock. Stewart is running with authority and showing soft hands catching balls out of the backfield.
TE Greg Olsen - Targeted 10 times Olsen brought down 7 for 57 yards including the game winning reception from 18 yards out. He also caught the 2 pt conversion to extend the Panther lead to 6 points.
DE Greg Hardy - The Kracken had 6 combined tackles (5 solo) 2 tackles for loss, a sack and a safety and a QH. He was at home in the water and mud!
FS Sherrod Martin - Martin got the Panthers first interception of the year and logged 4 combined tackles (3 solo) and a PD.
Place your vote for Panther Game Ball of the week!