They don't call the Panthers
the Cardia Cats for nothing. After the Arizona Cardinals
built a 17-3 lead on Sunday, the Panthers pounced back
to win their fifth home game of the year 27-23 in Charlotte.
had the Arizona offense rolling on all cylinders early, but two costly turnovers, both resulting in Panthers points, ultimately cost the Cardinals the ball game and a road victory.
Jake Delhomme hooked up with Steve Smith twice for a touchdown, the second of which gave the Panthers the 24-23 and what would be the game-winning score. The
Rajun Cajun threw 20/28 for 248 yards and two scores and no turnovers. Smith had five receptions for 117 yards and could not be stopped by the Arizona secondary.
Deangelo Williams rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown, and the Panthers improved to 6-0 when they rush for over 100 yards as a team. Delhomme has also thrown to Smith for over 100 yards and a touchdown in three consecutive games.
Warner had a big day with 381 yards and two touchdowns, but had an interception in the red zone which was a costly statistic for the Cards (4-3). Anquan Boldin returned for the first time since his facial surgery and he exceeded expectations. Boldin had a carry for 30 yards and caught nine balls for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers will have a bye next Sunday before heading to Oakland
in two weeks where they will try to start the second half of the season with a road win. The Cardinals will face their three divisional opponents in the coming weeks, beginning with St. Louis on the road next Sunday.