The Panthers ended the Cowboys season in a 29-10 victory in the first round of the NFL playoffs Saturday night.
The Panthers celebrated by leaping into the stands after big plays, embracing the white-towel-waving fans, then taking their slow lap around the stadium to mark their own turnaround.
``I don't have any idea whose idea that lap was,'' said quarterback Jake Delhomme. ``I just know you have to enjoy these times, because you don't know when they'll happen again.''
This season the Panthers won close games but not tonight. Delhomme led the Panthers to seven fourth-quarter or overtime victories and their average margin of victory was just 5.8 points.
"It was great not having to worry about coming back and winning the game in the fourth-quarter, but if that is what we have to do next week then we will do it, whatever it takes for a win," said Delhomme.
Steve Smith had five catches for 135 yards and a 32-yard touchdown and Muhsin Muhammad had four catches for 103 yards. Coupled with Davis' yards on the ground, it marked the first time all season three individual players passed the 100-yard mark against Dallas.
``We executed our game plan, the guys were focused and we knew what we had to do,'' Davis said.
The Panthers are the second team to win a playoff game with no penalties and no turnovers; Pittsburgh did so in the 1976 Super Bowl.
``That is what coach (John) Fox preaches,'' said defensive tackle Brentson Buckner. ``Play tough, smart football and you can get it done. That's what worked against a great coach tonight in Parcells and a good team.''