Recounting the Carolina Panthers Five Most Exciting Games of 2008

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Recounting the Carolina Panthers Five Most Exciting Games of 2008
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The Panthers' 2008 season was the most memorable for me since Carolina made a run at the Super Bowl in 2003, coming up three points short in the most exciting Super Bowl I have ever seen.

Every game in '08 was a challenge. The challenges were presented during training camp when hot-headed Steve Smith, the Panthers all-time wide receiver, sucker-punched Ken Lucas when the two got into a heated dispute after running a practice route.

Some say the Panthers' season hinged on whether or not Lucas would forgive Smith for stooping to such a low level. But fortunately, both Smith and Lucas were strong; Smith by making an apology, and Lucas for forgiving Smith.

On the other hand, a lot of fans and experts believed that the Panthers season would greatly depend on how well quarterback Jake Delhomme's elbow had recovered from tendon and joint elbow surgery.

It turned out that the Panthers were brought closer together as a family from that training camp incident, and Delhomme's elbow was as close to perfect as it could be after undergoing a succesful surgery.

In this article, I have gone through all 16 games of the regular season, and in no particular order, came up with the five most exciting Panthers victories in the 2008 season.

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