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Along the Sidelines - Patriots Edition

Nov 19 2013 07:04 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
In what became one of the most exciting and inspiring game in years the Panthers ultimately defeated the New England Patriots,

The night began with fireworks during the national anthem. The entire evening was a dedication to the military and their families.

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Earlier in the week I predicted Steve Smith, despite being covered by Talib, would make an impact in this game. Almost immediately 89 began to remind Talib why Smith is known as one of the toughest players in the game.

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Talib, while helpless to stop Steve Smith resorted to trying to twist his ankle after the play. The result was a Patriots penalty which energized the crowd more than in recent memory.

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In fact, the Patriots played the dirtiest football I have ever witnessed at Bank of America Stadium. After each play they were sure to get in extra kicks and hits.

The Panthers, however, play between the whistles and sometimes even offer a helping hand to the opposition once the play is over.

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Cam Newton had, in my opinion, one of the best games of his career. Without his elusive running ability and sure handed passing, the Panthers would not have been in this game.

However, the thing that I liked most about Cam last night was his presence and leadership. Each week, Cam is getting more comfortable in his role as a leader on this team. Last night, he led a clutch game winning touchdown against a solid team.

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Brandon Lafell doesn't seem to get much credit from the media, but this season he has turned out to be a legitimate threat in this league.

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No one is happier about the emergence of 2nd and 3rd receiving threats more than Steve Smith, who understands while he may not be getting the number of catches the team is getting the wins. After the Tedd Ginn game winning touchdown Steve was sure to celebrate with Ginn. It almost looked like a passing of the torch...

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Thomas Davis had a monster night. It would have been difficult to photograph a defensive play without him in the frame.

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Luke Kuechly was in a chess match with Tom Brady all evening. For a second year player to go toe to toe with one of the greatest QB's of all time speaks volumes to Luke's ability before and after the snap.

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During the last Patriots touchdown, you could feel the energy collectively let out of the stadium. Immediately there were concerns the game may be lost. How ever, Cam Newton was having none of that.

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And put together a solid scoring drive.

Once the defense took the field for the last time the game was within reach. The Panthers defense harassed Tom Brady with the most pressure he had seen all night long,

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In the end, Robert Lester intercepted a ball as Tom Brady cried foul.

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After the game, Bill Bellichick was man enough to shake the hand of Ron Rivera...

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but Tom Brady was no where to be found. In a completely classless move, Brady headed for the tunnels without shaking hands with Cam Newton.

But you know what? Cam wasn't even mad.

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And even did a victory lap, administering high fives to his fans who stayed until the very end.

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What a great night to be a Panthers fan.

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That game was so epic it was Homerian.

Smitty really got into Talib's head.. still don't know why the hell he held on to Smitty's leg after that catch.. almost seemed like he just wanted to hurt Smith no matter what the penalty would be

As always, thanks for the great pics and report !!

Great night indeed...love the way Smitty handled Talib
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Jackofalltrades
Nov 19 2013 07:27 AM
Amazing work as always.

And not a single pic of that hot, redheaded TopCat? 

I still have a ragging boner from last night

Fine coming for Talib, perhaps?

 

Holding onto the ankle was a clear attempt to injure a player after the play was over, he should have been ejected right there. Worse than throwing a punch in my opinion.

I still have a ragging boner from last night

 

I finished mine off with Tom Bradys tears!

I love the photos man! Last night was a great game. Needless to say I lost my voice lol. I look forward to these threads. Keep it up!

Great pics Zod, as always.

I think Talib is an idiot, why does he hold Smitty's leg? Only because he got beat twice?

 

IDIOT.

Really I was right there when Talib would not let go of Smith's leg. There is no doubt in my mind his intent was to injure Steve.

 

They Patriots were by far the dirtiest team I have ever shot at BoA. They made the Rams look like choir boys.

Was worried that the game was just an alcohol induced dream. Nice to have some photographic evidence.

Really I was right there when Talib would not let go of Smith's leg. There is no doubt in my mind his intent was to injure Steve.

 

They Patriots were by far the dirtiest team I have ever shot at BoA. They made the Rams look like choir boys.

 

 

I just wish players like that would just get thrown out of the game for things like that especially when it is that obvious what he was trying to do. Classless. You can't stop the guy so you pull a stunt like that...I am glad he couldn't finish the game

Epic game, Amazing photos and report as always. Thanks!

I've said it before, I will say it again.

 

No way any other team's message board has it better than us with Zod as our fearless leader.  It's like we all have sideline access.  Bless you Zod, bless you.

Best Tuesday morning ever!
Nothing will take happiness away that I feel thanks for the pictures like always.

The crowd was AMAZING! Something is changing! Man I woke up today really proud to be a Carolinian and a Panther fan!

Thanks Zod, your chronicling of the game is awesome.

 

What a great night to be a Panthers fan.

 

 

 

 

youre fuggin a right

 

been waiting for a game like last night for a long damn time

 

 

thanks for the great pictures Zod

If I could give you a whole pie for this thread, I would :)

 

 

If I could give you a whole pie for this thread, I would :)

 

 

umm ahhh erp

Cam calling a play - Lafell dancing - Steve Smith hugging Ted Ginn...can't decide which picture I like the best out of those 3.

 

Amazing job, Zod

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