As a Panthers fan I pop in an old-school VHS tape - yes, tape! - and record every Carolina game to look for the "hidden plays" (tip of the cap to Gregg Easterbrook) that have a big impact on the outcome. Here is what I saw in my Week 2 VCR rewind as the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 35-27.
5:41 - Saints lead 7-0, Saints 2nd-and-8 on NO 9. Charles Godfrey's pick six of Drew Brees tied the game early at 7-7, swinging momentum to the Panthers.
1:20 - Saints lead 10-7, Panthers 1st-and-10 on CAR 20. Cam Newton took off for a 40-yard run on an option play as Greg Olsen and Brandon LaFell executed great blocks on the edge to open the hole, flipping field position in favor of Carolina.
11:53 - Saints lead 10-7, Panthers 4th-and-1 on NO 4. The Panthers went for it on fourth down by running an option play to the left. Amini Silatolu was pushed into the backfield by Will Smith, collapsing Cam Newton's lane and killing the unsuccessful fourth down attempt.
5:24 - Saints lead 13-7, Panthers 3rd-and-15 on CAR 33. Cam Newton lined up in shotgun as LB Jonathan Casillas came cleanly through the line on a blitz. Mike Tolbert delivered a perfect block on Casillas, giving Newton the time he needed to hit Steve Smith for a 35 yard gain for a first down.
3:41 - Saints lead 13-7, Panthers 1st-and-10 on NO 17. Jonathan Stewart walked untouched into the end zone on a screen pass as Steve Smith and Ryan Kalil delivered great downfield blocks. The Panthers now led 14-10.
2:49 - Panthers lead 14-13, Saints 3rd-and-6 on NO 24. With the first half winding down, Dwan Edwards and Antwan Applewhite applied pressure to Drew Brees, forcing him to scramble and throw the ball away. The Saints punted and the Panthers received the ball back with enough time for another touchdown before the end of the half.
2:31 - Panthers lead 14-13, Panthers 1st-and-10 on CAR 42. Rob Chudzinski designed a beautiful misdirection play. Carolina sent motion left and Cam Newton faked a screen pass to his left. Newton pump faked with an empty right hand and handed off the ball with his left hand - behind his back - to Brandon LaFell, going right. LaFell ran for 25 yards, setting up the Panthers for a late touchdown and a 21-13 halftime lead.
9:36 - Panthers lead 21-13, Panthers 1st-and-10 on NO 44. DeAngelo Williams gained 27 yards as Amini Silatolu pulled left and became a one-man convoy for Williams. Silatolu blocked Malcolm Jenkins 15 yards downfield and drove him back 10 more yards. Anytime a lineman is delivering a block 25 yards downfield, he deserves to get recognized. The drive ended with a Panthers touchdown, extending the lead to 28-13.
5:08 - Panthers lead 28-13, Saints 3rd-and-5 on CAR 28. The Saints were in field goal range as Drew Brees dropped back to pass on third down. Greg Hardy forced an intentional grounding 10-yard penalty by immediately getting Brees in his grasp. The penalty pushed the Saints out of field goal range and forced them to punt. Hardy most likely saved the Panthers three points on this play.
15:00 - Panthers lead 28-13, Saints 3rd-and-6 on NO 48. Josh Norman was matched up in man coverage on Marques Colston. Norman fell down in coverage reacting to a Colston cut, allowing Colston to pull down a wide open 29-yard gain. This gave the Saints a first down, extending a drive that ended with a New Orleans touchdown.
9:13 - Panthers lead 35-20, Saints 1st-and-10 on NO 22. Pierre Thomas ran through a gaping hole into the second level of the Panthers' defense. Josh Norman took a poor angle and overran the play, clearing a path for Thomas to pick up 48 yards on the run.
7:24 - Panthers lead 35-20, Saints 3rd-and-4 on CAR 24. The 6'1" Chris Gamble lined up in man coverage on the 6'7" Jimmy Graham. Gamble swatted away a pass to Graham in the end zone, forcing a fourth down.
7:19 - Panthers lead 35-20, Saints 4th-and-4 on CAR 24. Drew Brees took a shotgun snap as Charles Johnson rushed from his right. Johnson stripped Brees of the ball, ending the Saints' drive with no points.
1:53 - Panthers lead 35-27, Saints Kickoff. New Orleans attempted an onside kick to try to get one final possession. Greg Olsen slid and caught the onside kick, giving the Panthers possession and ultimately forcing the Saints to burn all of their remaining timeouts.
:31 - Panthers lead 35-27, Saints 2nd-and-1 on NO 29. Jon Beason dropped into coverage and undercut Jimmy Graham's route over the middle. Beason picked off Drew Brees' pass to end the game, giving the Panthers the win and a 1-1 record early in the season.
Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Lakers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:Remembering Cam Newton's Terrible Rookie Pre-Season
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