Monday, September 15, 2008

Anything You Can Do...

Midway through the 3rd quarter yesterday, the Chicago Bears had built a 17-3 lead over Carolina by doing what they do best - a solid running game and suffocating defense. How did the Panthers respond? By doing the same thing - and doing it better. Behind the feisty leadership of QB Jake Delhomme, a breakout performance by rookie RB Jonathan Stewart (pictured), and a defense that went into shutdown mode down the stretch, the Panthers came from behind and beat the Bears 20-17 in their home opener in Charlotte. The Panthers are now 2-0 and getting Steve Smith back from his two-game suspension next week at Minnesota. Sadly, though the game was actually on TV here in Louisville I didn't get to see it since we were out of power, but the highlights paint a nice picture of what could be version 2.0 of the Cardiac Cats.

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