Along the Sidelines - Division Champs Edition
Greetings from Bank of America South, formerly known as the Georgia Dome.
Today Panthers fans took over Atlanta in convincing fashion. I have never seen an away game with so much blue.
The day for them started a little shaky however.
Cam struggled early, mainly due to awful play by Byron Bell.
Bell was promptly sat down with in-game photos to study. It seems to have helped.
Cam was able to bounce back with his arm....
..and his legs.
As usual, it took a spark from the defense to get things moving. Melvin White's pick 6 was a thing of beauty.
The rest of the defense followed suit by harassing Matt Ryan for most of the game.
I'm not sure if you have noticed, but Short is developing in to one of the better under tackles the Panthers have had.
Frank Alexander made an appearence which was good to see. With Hardy unlikely to resign with Carolina, we will need a few strong DE prospects.
Once the defense took control, the rest of the offense came alive as well.
I love Thomas Davis. That guy nearly lifted Jackson off his feet multiple times in an attempt to strip the ball.
Speaking of Jackson, people forget how big he is. Our DB's were wise to go for his feet.
One player I think that is under appreciated is Greg Olsen. All he does is make completion after completion and the occasional touchdown. He is, by far, our best receiving threat with Steve Smith out. I wish I saw Olsen jerseys on gamedays.
Williams and Tolbert combined for a legitimate running attack. I am sure if the Panthers lost I would be making a big deal about the Deangelo fumble.. but its hard to complain when you have a first round bye.
One funny side note. After Tolbert rumbled over several Falcons I witnessed one linebacker get on the case of another. His reply was something to the effect of "Well you tackle him then" lol. Poor fellas.
At the end of the day, Bank of America South said goodbye to one legend....
and hello to a new one.
In the locker room Mike Tolbert led the team in song. "Kings of the South" was playing on repeat.
So here the Panthers are, the number two seed and enjoying a playoff week 1 bye. A week of rest will do tremendous things for this team.
They will be ready. They will be waiting.
Can you hear us now?