Sunday Night Football on NBC: This week's edition included the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had clinched the NFC North, while the Panthers' playoff hopes crashed days before. The Panthers had even been struggling to get points on the board, and Vikes' coach Brad Childress was "not worried," as he described in NBC's pre-game interview.
Soon enough, 'Sunday Football Night in America' was ready to roll as the Panthers played in a game that brought back memories of the 2008 days. The Panthers struck gold first with a 1-yard scoring strike from Matt Moore to Brad Hoover. Moore's pass to the right corner of the end zone gave the Brad Hoover his first touchdown of the year, and more importantly, a 6-0 Panthers lead. John Kasay's PAT was blocked.
The Vikings would tie the score at the 5:10 mark in the 2nd Quarter. Adrian Peterson's 4-yard tackle breaking run would tie the score at 6-6. Ryan Longwell's PAT sailed through the uprights. The Vikings would have the 7-6 lead going into the locker room, but the Panthers integrity and offensive output would later give the Panthers a 26-7 trouncing of Minnesota.
The third Period in Charlotte was scoreless and many people fell asleep watching Bank of America Stadium's to-be Panther epic victory. The people of the Carolinas' would see the Panthers go on a 20-0 run in the final period.
Steve Smith aroused Bank of America Stadium with a 42-yard touchdown catch that would give the Panthers a 12-7 lead. Smith caught nine passes for 157 yards, giving him a phenomenal Panther performance.
Jonathan Stewart finished off the blowout victory with 2 touchdowns, giving Carolina the 26-7 lead at the gun. Matt Moore was one of the offensive weapons in passing for three TDS and 299 yards. He was 21/33 passing. "We were playing great defense until the fourth quarter," said Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
Brett Farve admits that he had a "heated discussion" with Coach Childress. The struggling Minnesota squad will meet the 5-9 Chicago Bears on December 28th in a Monday Night Football showdown.