Panthers Beat Broncos to Complete Undefeated Home Record

Charles BloomfieldContributor IDecember 14, 2008

The Denver Broncos just saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Broncos 30-10, which gave them an undefeated 8-0 season at home, along with an 11-3 record. The last time the Panthers went undefeated at home was during the 1996 season. The Broncos are still in the hunt for the playoffs, despite being 8-6.

Panthers' quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 17 of 26 passes for 253 yards, along with a touchdown pass to Steve Smith.

Running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The biggest run of the game was DeAngelo Williams' 56-yard touchdown run.

With veteran cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Marlon McCree out, Denver's secondary had trouble containing Steve Smith. Smith caught nine passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. His receiving yards were more than the Broncos' receivers (Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal) combined.

Carolina's defense held these two primary guys to only 96 yards.

Carolina has an outstanding defense. It forced two turnovers from Denver's rushing and passing games. Charles Godfrey forced a fumble on Broncos running back Selvin Young which was recovered by defensive end Tyler Brayton. Later, Cornerback Chris Gamble intercepted a tipped pass from the air.

Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler completed 21 of 33 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked four times, three times by defensive ends Tyler Brayton and Charles Johnson and once by linebacker Thomas Davis.

After the game, Panthers safety Chris Harris told the media, "As long as the people in our city are happy, then we're happy."