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This was another loss for the Panthers, but Clausen played well in that game and the team, as a whole, clicked. The Panthers scored two touchdowns for the first time all season that game. They ran the ball very well and Clausen did well in the passing game.
The defense was especially good that game. The Panthers defense held the Saints to 13 points for the majority of the game and, like most of the year, they were not responsible for all 13 points. John Fox showed that the Saints might be difficult for other teams, but for the Panthers the Saints were just someone Carolina had to put back into line.
After the Saints went up 16-14, Clausen almost did a Jake Delhomme impression. He drove them down the field to the edge of Kasay’s range. All they needed was another five yards. Unfortunately, DeAngelo Williams tried a cutback and was smothered in the backfield for a four yard loss, and then Clausen was sacked for another four yard loss. The Panthers had to go for it on 4th and 16 and they couldn’t get the job done.
This game showed that maybe Clausen was a good choice and that with some more experience he could be the franchise quarterback.