Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
It's been a long time since the Panthers played well on the national stage. Though their opponent gave them plenty of help the Panthers kept the mistakes down and forced a few on the Eagles. Unlike past weeks as well, when the defense needed a big stop at the end they got it.
The Panthers played mistake free ball and avoided the killer turnovers that plagued earlier games. The defense was able to make some stops including a key 4th and inches play late int he 4th quarter to stop a potential Eagles game winning drive. Then once they got an 8 point led special teams finally made a play, getting the Eagles 3rd lost fumble of the night on the kick off.
Exceptional players started with QB Cam Newton. Newton went 18 for 28 for 306 yards and 2 TD passes. He also added 53 yards on 14 carries and 2 TD runs to make his fantasy owners very happy. As I said earlier the biggest stat was zero turnovers.
Here's some more quick hits on player performance and be sure to make your selection on the Panther of the game poll.
- WR Brandon LaFell - 3 catches for 74 yards and a TD
- WR Louis Murphy - 2 catches for 65 yards including a key 65 yarder
- LB Luke Kuechly - * combined tackles in the box score I'm reading but he had to have more than that
- S Sherrod Martin - 7 combined tackles; 1 FF; and two passes defensed by my count
- DT Dwan Edwards - Only 2 tackles but one of them was a huge 4th down stop when the Panthers needed it the most
- DE Charles Johnson - 2 tackles and a forced fumble that led to the go ahead FG
Now I could certainly point out some not-so-MNF-prime-time performances but I'm not going to rain on the victory parade tonight.
This is now a post game open thread!
The Panther player of the game in the win over the Eagles was?
QB Cam Newton (305 votes)
WR Brandon LaFell (4 votes)
S Sherrod Martin (18 votes)
LB Luke Kuchly (9 votes)
WR Louis Murphy (2 votes)
DT Dwan Edwards (4 votes)
DE Charles Johnson (2 votes)
Other (3 votes)
347 total votes