As you know the Panthers lost a very close game 32-29 to the Patriots on a last second, game winning FG by Adam Vinateri. It still hurts I know. Yet I still have some very vivid high points from that game; a game I really thought we were suddenly about to pull out in the 4th quarter. Three things from the game stand out for me though.
The first two are the Panther TD scores in the 4th quarter in which both resulted in the Panthers taking the lead. The first, an 85 yard TD pass from Jake Delhomme to Muhsin Muhammad was a SB record at the time:
New England marched to the Panthers′ 9 with the ensuing kickoff, but Reggie Howard intercepted Brady′s third-and-goal pass in the end zone. Two plays later, Delhomme rolled left and fired a Super-Bowl record 85-yard touchdown pass to Muhammad for a 22-21 lead with 6:53 left. Once again, the Panthers went for 2 points and Delhomme′s pass was incomplete.
Man was I excited at this point, jumping up and down and high-fiving everybody in the room. But then the Patriots scored again. And again the Panthers came back to retake the lead:
New England drove 68 yards on its next possession, with Givens catching a 25-yard pass and 18-yard pass on third-and-9, to set up Brady′s 1-yard touchdown pass to Vrabel, who was lined up as a tight end. A direct snap to Kevin Faulk resulted in a 2-point conversion for a 29-22 lead with 2:51 left. Delhomme completed passes of 19 yards to Muhammad and 31 yards to Ricky Proehl before finding Proehl from 12 yards with the tying touchdown with 1:08 remaining.
Of course you know how this ended but believe it or not John Kasay's woeful kick off was not the 3rd most memorable thing for me. Well okay It was until I permanently blocked it out. Since I have no recall of it then it didn't happen.
Actually this is the one that many non-Panther or Patriots fans might remember this Super Bowl for; the halftime 'show':.
Boy it sure looks like JT totally meant for that to happen!