Panthers 34 Ravens 27 1st Half Replay Notes

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I watched the replay of the Panthers 34-27 victory over the the Ravens and made notes the things that don't show up in the box score. Specifically I look at which players helped contribute to the play, either good or bad, this isn't always obvious during the game.

For example, on LB Luke Kuechly's forced fumble and touchdown hit on the Ravens RB Pierce. It was Wes Horton driving his man backward that opened the lane for Kuechly to make the play. If Horton doesn't do his job that play probably doesn't happen. So here is the play by play from the game book with my notes bulleted after each play.

In summary I have to that the PFF grades James put up earlier today are reinforced by what I saw on the replay. Star and Kawann short had great games. I can't say how excited I was to see them finally break out so to speak. On the flip side Byron Bell was atrocious. It is a serious worry that our offensive line seems to have regressed this preseason instead of improved.

One other serious concern was all of the penalties. Twelve of them toal actually that cost the Panthers

Carolina Panthers at 15:00, (1st play from scrimmage 14:55)

1-10-CAR 18 (14:55) C.Newton pass incomplete short right to B.LaFell.

  • Either LaFell turned the wrong way or Newton just threw a really bad pass. Missed by about 5 yards.

2-10-CAR 18 (14:50) D.Williams right end to CAR 18 for no gain (C.Upshaw).

  • DT Arthur Jones gets some penetration on Bell but Bell holds the block. It's Brockel who can't hold his block on Suggs and allows the tackle.

3-10-CAR 18 (14:08) (Shotgun) C.Newton scrambles up the middle to CAR 22 for 4 10 yards (T.Suggs).

PENALTY on CAR-B.Bell, Illegal Formation, 5 yards, enforced at CAR 18 - No Play.

  • Bell wasn't on the LOS, dumb penalty.

3-15-CAR 13 (13:36) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass short left to B.LaFell to CAR 24 for 11 yards (D.Smith).

  • Decent protection but LaFell couldn't outrun the LB Smith to get the 1st down

4-4-CAR 24 (13:01) (Punt formation) B.Nortman punts 64 yards to BLT 12, Center-J.Jansen. J.Jones to BLT 16 for 4 yards (A.Klein).

PENALTY on CAR-A.Russell, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards, enforced at BLT 16.

  • Great punt and coverage nullified by a dumb penalty.

Baltimore Ravens at 12:47

1-10-BLT 31 (12:47) R.Rice right guard to BLT 44 for 13 yards (D.Florence, D.Edwards). R1

  • They ran this right over Dwan Edwards who could only then pursue and somehow get an assist. Oher got a nice block on TD.

1-10-BLT 44 (12:18) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass short right to J.Jones to BLT 47 for 3 yards (J.Thomas).

  • Nice tackle by JT.

2-7-BLT 47 (11:45) (No Huddle) R.Rice left guard to BLT 49 for 2 yards (M.Mitchell).

  • Mitchell got in there quickly in run support.

3-5-BLT 49 (11:11) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass short left to B.Stokley pushed ob at CAR 42 for 9 yards (D.Florence). P2

  • Hardy came off the edge quick and was very close to disrupting this pass. Florence had decent coverage it was just a quick route.

1-10-CAR 42 (10:48) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass short right to J.Jones to CAR 30 for 12 yards (M.Mitchell). P3

  • I couldn't tell if this was on Thomas or Mitchell as neither appeared to be in position to defend this pass.

1-10-CAR 30 (10:18) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass short left to B.Stokley to CAR 23 for 7 yards (M.Mitchell, D.Florence).

  • Both DEs were closing fast on Flacco but he still got the ball out.

2-3-CAR 23 (9:44) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass short middle to V.Shiancoe to CAR 9 for 14 yards (M.Mitchell, C.Godfrey). P4

  • No pressure on Flacco this time and the TE finds the soft spot in the zone coverage.

1-9-CAR 9 (9:13) (No Huddle) R.Rice left tackle to CAR 1 for 8 yards (L.Kuechly).

  • TD jumped out quick to force Rice inside but Hardy couldn't get off his block. Rice runs through a Jon Beason arm tackle. Kuechly fought off a block by the LT to make the tackle.

2-1-CAR 1 (8:32) R.Rice left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. R5

  • We got blown up, the entire line was well blocked. OG nullifies Kuechly.

J.Tucker extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Cox, Holder-J.Flacco.

CAR 0 BLT 7, 9 plays, 69 yards, 4:18 drive

J.Tucker kicks 64 yards from BLT 35 to CAR 1. K.Barner to CAR 25 for 24 yards (A.McClellan).

  • Nice scoop by Barner to pick up the squib kick in stride and then run it out to the 25.

Carolina Panthers at 8:29, (1st play from scrimmage 8:22)

1-10-CAR 25 (8:22) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass short middle to G.Olsen to CAR 41 for 16 yards (M.Huff). P1

  • Play action to Williams helps Olsen get the separation. Nice catch by him on a ball a little out in front of him.

1-10-CAR 41 (7:48) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass short right to T.Ginn to CAR 50 for 9 yards (L.Webb).

  • Nice route by Ginn.

2-1-CAR 50 (7:16) D.Williams right guard to CAR 50 for no gain (J.Ihedigbo).

  • Bell gets stood up by the DT to blow this play up. The rest of the line did their job and got some good push.

3-1-CAR 50 (6:38) D.Williams up the middle to CAR 50 for no gain (A.Jones, M.Spears).

  • Bell again...derp.

4-1-CAR 50 (5:51) (Punt formation) B.Nortman punts 50 yards to end zone, Center-J.Jansen, Touchback.

Baltimore Ravens at 5:42

1-10-BLT 20 (5:42) J.Flacco pass incomplete deep left to T.Smith.

  • Looked like a bad pass by Flacco.

2-10-BLT 20 (5:38) J.Flacco pass incomplete short left to V.Leach.

  • Hardy got in Flacco's face but Leach just stone handed the ball.

3-10-BLT 20 (5:33) (Shotgun) J.Flacco pass incomplete deep middle to D.Clark [D.Edwards].

  • Coming on a stunt Edwards got a hit on Flacco right after he threw this one. TD had great coverage on Clark and gave him the finger wag afterward. He was on his hip and went up for the ball with Clark.

4-10-BLT 20 (5:29) (Punt formation) S.Koch punts 54 yards to CAR 26, Center-M.Cox. T.Ginn for 74 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

  • The key blocks that made this happen was first DJ Campbell pushing one of the gunners past Ginn. Then Brockel, Nakamura and Senn all sealed off would be tacklers.

Carolina Panthers at 5:12

G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-B.Nortman

G.Gano kicks 73 yards from CAR 35 to BLT -8. J.Jones to BLT 25 for 33 yards (H.Nakamura).

Baltimore Ravens at 5:12, (1st play from scrimmage 5:08)

1-10-BLT 25 (5:08) (No Huddle) B.Pierce right tackle to BLT 26 for 1 yard (L.Kuechly).

  • Nice penetration from Short and TD.

2-9-BLT 26 (4:41) (No Huddle) B.Pierce right guard to BLT 37 for 11 yards (C.Godfrey, M.Mitchell). R6

  • Ran at Cole and Beason.

1-10-BLT 37 (4:09) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass short left to B.Pierce to BLT 37 for no gain (C.Munnerlyn, J.Beason).

  • Nice coverage by Captain.

2-10-BLT 37 (3:31) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco sacked at BLT 34 for -3 yards (F.Alexander).

  • Frank clubs the RT Oher to his left and then takes an inside move to get to Flacco.

3-13-BLT 34 (3:02) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass incomplete short right to D.Clark.

PENALTY on CAR-J.Thomas, Illegal Contact, 5 yards, enforced at BLT 34 - No Play. X7

  • Nice pass rush resulting in Flacco going to check down.

1-10-BLT 39 (2:56) (No Huddle) R.Rice left tackle to BLT 40 for 1 yard (G.Hardy).

  • Hardy beats his man off the snap to make the play.

2-9-BLT 40 (2:28) J.Flacco pass short right to V.Leach to BLT 47 for 7 yards (L.Kuechly).

  • Star gets through the line is about to cream Flacco if he doesn't throw it.

3-2-BLT 47 (1:53) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass short middle to A.Mellette to BLT 47 for no gain (C.Munnerlyn, L.Kuechly).

  • Munnerlyn steps up quickly to prevent the WR from getting the 1st down. Kuechly arrives with support to finish it off.

4-2-BLT 47 (1:09) (Punt formation) S.Koch punts 44 yards to CAR 9, Center-M.Cox, downed by BLT-O.Brown.

PENALTY on BLT-M.Cox, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at BLT 47 - No Play.

Carolina Panthers vs Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium4-12-BLT 37 (:54) (Punt formation) S.Koch punts 50 yards to CAR 13, Center-M.Cox. T.Ginn to CAR 19 for 6 yards.

PENALTY on CAR-H.Nakamura, Personal Foul, 6 yards, enforced at CAR 13.

  • Stupid penalty.

Carolina Panthers at 0:47

1-10-CAR 7 (:47) C.Newton pass incomplete short left to S.Smith [C.Canty].

  • Canty gets by Silatolu to get a hit on Cam

2-10-CAR 7 (:42) D.Williams left guard to CAR 9 for 2 yards (T.Cody).

  • Panthers can't run left either.

END OF 1st QUARTER

Score, TOP, First Downs, R P X T, Efficiencies 3 Down 4 Down

Carolina Panthers 7 5:47 0 1 0 1 0/2 0/0

Baltimore Ravens 7 9:13 3 3 1 7 1/3 0/0

3-8-CAR 9 (15:00) (Shotgun) C.Newton scrambles up the middle to CAR 18 for 9 yards (D.Smith). R2

PENALTY on BLT-D.Smith, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at CAR 18. X3

  • Nice run by Newton to avoid what was only a four man rush. The penalty was very ticky tack but I loved that Smitty jumped in there and pushed the LB that hit Cam. Gruden loves Smitty too.

1-10-CAR 33 (14:27) K.Barner right guard to CAR 35 for 2 yards (T.Suggs, A.Brown).

  • Barner got rocked.

2-8-CAR 35 (13:55) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass incomplete short right to T.Ginn (L.Webb).

  • Newton waited a tad too long to throw this one and should have put a little more zip on it.

3-8-CAR 35 (13:49) (Shotgun) C.Newton sacked at CAR 24 for -11 yards (D.Smith).

  • Ravens LB Smith went left to right to get around the line and make the play.

4-19-CAR 24 (13:30) (Punt formation) B.Nortman punts 49 yards to BLT 27, Center-J.Jansen. J.Jones pushed ob at BLT 35 for 8 yards (A.Klein).

Baltimore Ravens at 13:17

1-10-BLT 35 (13:17) R.Rice left tackle to BLT 32 for -3 yards (S.Lotulelei).

  • Star just bull rushes his man into Rice who just drops to avoid the hit.

2-13-BLT 32 (12:48) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass incomplete short middle to D.Clark (L.Kuechly).

  • Kuechly reads it perfectly and gets his hand in there to knock it down.

3-13-BLT 32 (12:44) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass deep middle to B.Stokley to CAR 41 for 27 yards (M.Mitchell). P8

  • Wide open and not sure who blew it.

1-10-CAR 41 (12:16) (No Huddle) R.Rice right guard to CAR 38 for 3 yards (T.Davis).

  • Star in on this too.

2-7-CAR 38 (11:47) (No Huddle) R.Rice up the middle to CAR 41 for -3 yards (S.Lotulelei).

  • Star blows up another one. He is clubbing the OG and then going right by him.

(11:17) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass short left intended for T.Doss INTERCEPTED by D.Florence at CAR 29. D.Florence for 71 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

  • Kuechly was coming on the blitz and got his hand in Flacco's face.

3-10-CAR 41

Carolina Panthers at 11:04

G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-B.Nortman

G.Gano kicks 70 yards from CAR 35 to BLT -5. J.Jones to BLT 15 for 20 yards (J.Williams).

Baltimore Ravens at 11:04, (1st play from scrimmage 11:00)

1-10-BLT 15 (11:00) (No Huddle) B.Pierce right tackle to BLT 17 for 2 yards (J.Beason, C.Cole).

  • Beason makes this play by shedding the block.

(10:31) (No Huddle) B.Pierce left end to BLT 11 for -6 yards (L.Kuechly). FUMBLES (L.Kuechly), RECOVERED by CAR-T.Davis at

BLT 2. T.Davis for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

The Replay Assistant challenged the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld.

  • Wes Horton opens the lane for Kuechly to come through and nail the RB before he knew what happened.

2-8-BLT 17

Carolina Panthers at 10:22

G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-B.Nortman.

G.Gano kicks 73 yards from CAR 35 to BLT -8. J.Jones, Touchback.

Baltimore Ravens at 10:22

1-10-BLT 20 (10:22) (No Huddle) B.Pierce left tackle to BLT 23 for 3 yards (F.Alexander, H.Nakamura).

  • Nice lateral pursuit by the Alexander

2-7-BLT 23 (9:55) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass short middle to B.Pierce to BLT 29 for 6 yards (H.Nakamura) [C.Cole].

  • Alexander comes off the edge quickly but Flacco steps up to avoid the sack. He could have had the sack.

3-1-BLT 29 (9:20) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass short left to T.Doss to BLT 34 for 5 yards (C.Munnerlyn, L.Kuechly). P9

  • Couldn't stop it with Florence on the coverage.

1-10-BLT 34 (8:50) (No Huddle) R.Rice right tackle to BLT 38 for 4 yards (G.Hardy).

2-6-BLT 38 (8:24) (No Huddle) J.Flacco pass short middle to M.Brown to BLT 44 for 6 yards (A.Klein). P10

1-10-BLT 44 (7:52) (No Huddle) R.Rice left guard to BLT 45 for 1 yard (D.Edwards, L.Kuechly).

2-9-BLT 45 (7:19) (No Huddle) J.Flacco scrambles up the middle to BLT 47 for 2 yards (D.Edwards, C.Johnson).

3-7-BLT 47 (6:37) (Shotgun) PENALTY on BLT-K.Osemele, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at BLT 47 - No Play.

3-12-BLT 42 (6:23) (Shotgun) J.Flacco pass deep left to M.Brown to CAR 41 for 17 yards (C.Godfrey). P11

1-10-CAR 41 (5:54) (No Huddle) J.Flacco sacked at CAR 47 for -6 yards (K.Short).

  • Short blew past J Reid.

2-16-CAR 47 (5:54) (No Huddle) PENALTY on CAR-F.Alexander, Neutral Zone Infraction, 5 yards, enforced at CAR 47 - No Play.

2-11-CAR 42 (5:05) (No Huddle) R.Rice right guard to CAR 30 for 12 yards (T.Davis). R12

1-10-CAR 30 (4:32) (No Huddle) B.Pierce right tackle to CAR 32 for -2 yards (K.Short).

2-12-CAR 32 (3:56) (No Huddle) B.Pierce right guard to CAR 28 for 4 yards (J.Thomas).

(3:23) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass intended for A.Mellette INTERCEPTED by C.Godfrey (L.Kuechly) at CAR 16. C.Godfrey to CAR 20 for 4 yards (V.Shiancoe).

3-8-CAR 28

PENALTY on CAR-L.Kuechly, Personal Foul, 14 yards, enforced at CAR 28 - No Play. X13

  • Terrible call as it was a clean hit.

1-10-CAR 14 (3:08) (No Huddle) R.Rice up the middle to CAR 10 for 4 yards (S.Lotulelei).

(2:44) (No Huddle, Shotgun) J.Flacco pass short middle intended for V.Shiancoe INTERCEPTED by L.Kuechly at CAR 6. L.Kuechly to CAR 35 for 29 yards (J.Flacco).

Carolina Panthers at 2:33

1-10-CAR 35 (2:33) K.Barner left guard to CAR 40 for 5 yards (C.Upshaw).

Two-Minute Warning

2-5-CAR 40 (2:00) C.Newton pass short right to S.Smith to CAR 50 for 10 yards (M.Elam, L.Webb). P4

Carolina Panthers vs Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium1-10-CAR 50 (1:40) (No Huddle, Shotgun) C.Newton pass short right to G.Olsen ran ob at BLT 44 for 6 yards.

2-4-BLT 44 (1:35) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass incomplete deep middle to B.LaFell.

  • Bad pass by Cam, low.

3-4-BLT 44 (1:30) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass short left to S.Smith to BLT 36 for 8 yards (L.Webb). P5

1-10-BLT 36 (1:06) (No Huddle, Shotgun) C.Newton sacked at BLT 46 for -10 yards (B.Williams).

Timeout #1 by CAR at 00:55.

2-20-BLT 46 (:55) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass short middle to K.Barner to BLT 36 for 10 yards (A.Brown).

  • Barner hurts his foot on this play.

Timeout #2 by CAR at 00:47.

3-10-BLT 36 (:47) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass incomplete deep middle to B.LaFell.

  • Bad drop by LaFell, let the ball get into his chest.

4-10-BLT 36 (:41) G.Gano 54 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-B.Nortman.

G.Gano kicks 68 yards from CAR 35 to BLT -3. J.Jones to BLT 13 for 16 yards (A.Smith).

Baltimore Ravens at 0:37, (1st play from scrimmage 0:33)

1-10-BLT 13 (:33) (No Huddle, Shotgun) B.Pierce left guard to BLT 12 for -1 yards (K.Short).

END OF QUARTER

Score, TOP, First Downs, R P X T, Efficiencies 3 Down 4 Down

Carolina Panthers 24 3:39 1 2 1 4 2/4 0/0

Baltimore Ravens 7 11:21 1 4 1 6 3/4 0/0

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