Delhomme Wins Despite Panthers Loss

Thaddeus YeiserCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to pass in the second half of the NFL season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It's always tough to feel good after a loss, no matter the circumstance.

Ordinarily I'm not too happy after a loss to the Falcons. In fact I might be downright livid.

But this is different. We weren't supposed to win this game. In fact we weren't even supposed to come close.

Delhomme was coming off two horrible games in a row in which he combined for 11 turnovers. It was hard to imagine him possibly rebounding, but somehow the Ragin' Cajun proved everyone wrong. I don't think anybody, myself included, thought he would go out against a tough Falcons defense and complete 25 of 41 passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and only one interception.

He was magnificent. The offense in general played like a juggernaut in stretches.

Give Delhomme all the credit in the world. Everyone and their mother was booing him last week. All anybody was saying was that he's washed up, a has-been holding back his team.

I can't imagine how hard it is to overcome criticism like that. Somehow Delhomme has, at least for now, and that is a win in itself.

I was also impressed by how the defense responded in the second half holding the potent Falcons to only one score while forcing a fumble and numerous punts. It should be noted that the only score the Panthers D gave up in the second half was when the Falcons had good field position in Carolina territory.

Unfortunately, the Cats still lost and that is the bottom line.

But it appears that our quarterback has returned, and boy, that sure is the greatest feeling in the world.