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News » Carolina Panthers Notes, Quotes 2008-11-19

Carolina Panthers Notes, Quotes 2008-11-19

Carolina Panthers Notes, Quotes 2008-11-19
--Running back Jonathan Stewart, who ran for 130 yards on Sunday, said he felt like he finally turned the corner on a heel injury earlier last week.

He said it has been bothering him for most of the season and really flared up in recent weeks.

"I think Wednesday's practice was where I really was able to start hopping around a bit," Stewart said. "It's been really bothering me since I've been working out on my toe and getting that back. It's one of those things that has been lingering around, but I think it's better now."

--Rookie safety Charles Godfrey finally recorded his first NFL interception, picking off Daunte Culpepper late in the fourth quarter to help secure Carolina's 31-22 win over the Detroit Lions.

After the interception with 4:50 left in the game, Godfrey ran over to the sidelines and presented the ball to defensive backs coaches Tim Lewis and Mike Gillhamer.

"They've helped me out so much this year, they deserve to have something. I wanted to say, 'Thank you,'" said Godfrey, who also recovered a fumble on Sunday.

Despite the interception, Godfrey was already hearing it from his teammates in the locker room for not taking it to the house. He caught the ball at the Lions 20, but failed to dodge the 280-pound Culpepper en route to the end zone and was tackled at the 4.

DeAngelo Williams scored on the next play to put the game away.

"The cardinal rule is to never ever to get caught by a kicker or a quarterback," safety Chris Harris said. "He broke the cardinal rule today. He got tackled one on one by a quarterback. You don't do that when you have about 20 yards outside of you where you can run and dive on the pylon. So he will get it in the meeting rooms for a while, at least a week."

--After the Lions pulled within 24-22, they went for a two-point conversion, but middle linebacker Jon Beason stuffed Culpepper on a quarterback draw within a foot of the goal line.

"I think it was a good play call," Beason said. "It was a little counter play. They faked to both backs and Culpepper kept it. You've got a guy who is 265 -- and he's probably more than that right now, coming off the couch. I was able to get to him before he crossed the line. It was a big play for us, and we were able to keep that two-point lead."

Television replays seemed to show Beason grabbed Culpepper's facemask as he was falling to the ground.

--The Panthers dished out some big money to left guard Travelle Wharton and "franchise" left tackle Jordan Gross in the off-season, and they leaned heavily on those guys Sunday.

The Panthers ran behind their left side on DeAngelo Williams' 56-yard touchdown run and Stewart's 22-yard score.

Fullback Brad Hoover deserves a nod here, too.

"Our offensive line did a really good job of blocking today," Williams said. "Brad Hoover did an excellent job of picking up those linebackers and safeties. We had to do our job today of making a couple guys miss, break a couple tackles and get into the end zone."

--Jake Delhomme won his 50th game for the Panthers, more than any other quarterback in franchise history. Delhomme's record, including the playoffs, is 50-30.

Although Delhomme only threw one touchdown pass, coach John Fox was pleased with how he directed the offense.

"It's better than last week," Fox said. "You are going to have tough days. It happens. He's a competitor. He came back. As I said earlier in the week, that wasn't all Jake, just like today wasn't all backs. It was a big part of it, but our blocking element, our offensive line, tight ends our fullbacks were as big a part of it as anybody. Our performance was much better today offensively than it was a week ago."

--With one more sack this season, Peppers will reach double digits for the fifth time in his career. He also had 10 or more sacks in 2002 (12), 2004 (11), 2005 (10.5) and 2006 (13).

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 19, 2008

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