A.) If you weren't aware NFL rewind is free for this week. I suggest you check it out, just make sure you remember to cancel the subscription on Sunday.
B.) On to the good stuff. Hindsight being 20/20 how huge was this Vikings game?
I specifically choose this game because it was the first game in about 5 years that I was not able to watch fully. Looks like that may have been a good thing for us.
Let's go back a few weeks ago. The Panthers sit at 1-3 coming off an ugly loss in Arizona. The Vikings have just won their first game and if you remember were a playoff team last year. The Panthers HAD to win this game.
The first drive the Vikings march down the field, just as it looks like Cassel might be due for a huge game, pressure up the middle causes him to throw a bad ball picked by none other than Dirty Mike Mitchell.
Side note: are him and Ted Ginn Jr. two of the best free agent singings ever for the Panthers- considering their price? Helluva a job Gettleman.
That pick may have single handedly turned out season around. We all know one play can suck the air from a team (see hail mary to Rodney White in 2012 season).
The next drive: Cam nearly throws a pick right out of the gate (we couldn't make our comeback story to easy now could we?) After gutting out a terrific long drive, capitalized by two (nows staple of Riverboat Ron: going for it on 4th and 1), and a GENIUS playcall to score the TD by Shula, we end up with:
- 7 points
- another touchdown to our favorite Panther ever to add to his legacy
- and the momentum (more on physics later) going forward that is now being labeled as Superbowl-esque.
God I love this team
Other notables from this game:
We got another nickname for Brandon "oh wee mayne" Lafell - Donald.
Brian Billick invented a new physics law: mass= force * velocity