Last night the Panthers took on the Saints in what was most likely their last chance at making it to the playoffs this season.
Although they were ahead by a score of 7-6 through the 3rd quarter, the Saints rushed the ball into the end zone and went for a 2 point conversion attempt. Cornerback Donte Jackson intercepted Brees’ throw and ran the entire length of the field into the Panthers’ end zone, giving Carolina the 2 points.
With under a minute to go, the Panthers forced a fumble in the red zone on the Saint’s 4th down, resulting in a touchback. The cardiac cats then had 1 last attempt from the 20-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock.
Our struggling offense failed to deliver a miracle drive and the Saints ended the game on top with a 12-9 victory.
Here is a quick recap of some of last night’s highlights;
All hope is still, not technically, lost…
The Panthers are now 6-8 and are still in 9th place in the NFC.
After this weekend, the top 8 teams are (only 6 NFC teams go to the playoffs);
Saints @ 12-2
Rams @ 11-3
Bears @ 10-4
Cowboys @ 8-6
Seahawks @ 8-6
Vikings @ 7-6-1
Redskins @ 7-7
Eagles @ 7-7
If the Vikings lose their next 2 games (to the Lions (5-9) and Bears (10-4)), and the Panthers win their next 2 games (to the Saints (12-2) and Falcons (5-9)), and the Eagles and Redskins both lose next week’s game and the Eagles beat the Redskins in their final game, it would give both the Panthers and Eagles an 8-8 record, tied for 6th, and since we beat the Eagles on 10/21, we would end up making to the playoffs.
Keep Pounding Panthers – we believe in you!