Early in Sunday's game, it seemed to be a battle between two of the league's premier defenses. Both New York's and Carolina's offenses struggled to move the ball against their opposing defensive units. It was a defensive minded game, with both sides making stop after stop, until late in the second quarter.
Gang Green was able to tame the elusive Panthers' offense during the first half. However, with less than 4 minutes until halftime, the Carolina offense was able to break out of their chains with a 72-yard run after the catch by running back DeAngelo Williams for a 13-6 lead.
On a great play by Cam Newton to elude pressure in the backfield, he turned and fired to the backside of the field completing the pass to his running back. The Jets' 2013 first round draft pick, Dee Milliner, was being driven down the field, unable to shake the defender. With David Harris trailing the play and Ed Reed missing the tackle, Milliner was the Green and Whites' last resort.
The rookie cornerback struggled in the first half against the fast and physical receivers, continuing his unpredictable play. Unable to come off the block, Milliner allowed the Panthers' to take the pass for over 70 yards into the end zone. The play marked the highest point of the day for the Panthers, as well as the lowest for Milliner. After halftime, Milliner came out strong and finished the game with six solo tackles on the day, the most since the Week 11 loss at Buffalo.
Milliner's hot and cold play on Sunday exemplified his shaky performance all season. His adjustment to the NFL has been slow, but steady with improvement, as he has been more productive each week.