Quotes from the week that was

QB Jake Delhomme was in a good mood after his best game as a pro on Sunday and teased defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead after his 17-yard interception return for a touchdown.<br><br> "Kindal and I, we work well together. Whenever we run the ball we take time off the clock," Delhomme said, also poking fun at himself for his slow-to-develop 12-yard run.

--The news of Reggie White's death stunned close friend and former teammate Eugene Robinson.

White played with Robinson in Green Bay and later convinced him to move to Charlotte and play for the Carolina Panthers. They've been very tight for years.

"He was the most sensitive and caring person I've known," said Robinson, who now works for the Panthers broadcast team. "He was absolutely passionate about everything. That's what I loved about Reggie, he was just so passionate."

Robinson's grief turned to smiles when he remembered the good times he spent with White together.

He called White a jokester, a fun-loving Christian man who cared deeply about others.

The news hit the Panthers organization hard. "Like everyone who knew Reggie White, we are saddened and shocked by his passing," Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement. "We were fortunate to get to know him during the season he played with the Panthers, and he remained a good friend of the team after his playing career. We'll miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said he can still remember the day White signed with the Panthers as a free agent in 2000.

"Even though he was nearing the end of his career, and you don't do this much, but I remember when he walked out of our offices at Wofford College at training camp after he signed the contract, I remember you just sit back and say, 'Man, we just signed Reggie White,' " Hurney said.

Hurney said White had an aura about him.

"He was one of those people, if you were privileged enough to meet him, you remember when and where you shook his hand for the first time," Hurney said. "He carried that kind of stature. He was a terrific person, he was a pro, and it was just a shock for everybody."

As for White's legacy on the field, Hurney said. "When you think of defensive ends, you think of defensive linemen, you think of defensive players in general, you think of Reggie White very quickly."

--The pass play called for tight end Mike Seidman to "sit down" on his route in the end zone.

Well, he did that, literally. And Jake Delhomme threw it to him anyway as Seidman caught a touchdown pass Sunday while sitting on his behind.

"He's supposed to sit down and stop, not actually sit down," Delhomme joked. "But as long as we get it in, that's fine with me."

It was Seidman's second touchdown catch of the season and his first since Week 2.

Said Seidman: "When I went to plant in the hole in the defense, my foot slipped. But Jake and I made eye contact with him and he threw it perfect, just where it needed to be for a guy on his butt."

--QB Jake Delhomme was in a good mood after his best game as a pro on Sunday and teased defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead after his 17-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"Kindal and I, we work well together. Whenever we run the ball we take time off the clock," Delhomme said, also poking fun at himself for his slow-to-develop 12-yard run.

When asked if he'd like to see Moorehead run routes like fellow defensive lineman Julius Peppers, Delhomme replied, "No, we still like Peppers out there."

--WR Muhsin Muhammad didn't seem too worried that the St. Louis Rams will win their final two games and prevent the Panthers from making the playoffs.

"I'm pretty sure if we win this game coming up, everything will take care of itself," Muhammad said.

--Head coach John Fox was impressed with how his team bounced back from a potentially devastating 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 17.

"This bunch of guys have a lot of heart," Fox said. "I can't say enough about the guys in this locker room. That was a very bitter loss, a very bitter defeat and a game we wanted very badly.

"We just came up a little short, and I expected them to rebound like this today."

--QB Jake Delhomme has thrown 18 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in the second half of the season. He's red hot coming into a Week 17 matchup with the Saints, his former team. He is 3-0 in his career vs. New Orleans.

--Three of Carolina's defensive linemen -- DE Julius Peppers, DT Kindal Moorehead and DT Brentson Buckner -- have interceptions this season, and Peppers and Moorehead each has scored a touchdown.

--FB Brad Hoover delivered the hit of the day on Sunday when he blindsided Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks on a screen pass to Nick Goings. Brooks, known for his hard knocks, seemed to appreciate the effort, slapping Hoover on his back after Hoover helped him back to his feet.

--WR Karl Hankton blocked a punt in the first half on Sunday, Carolina's first blocked punt since last year's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

--DE Julius Peppers again lined up at receiver on Sunday against the Bucs, but QB Jake Delhomme didn't throw to him. Peppers has seen action on offense in each of the last four games but has not caught a pass yet. "We will have to get him one," promised offensive coordinator Dan Henning.

--K John Kasay's streak of 35 straight extra points without a miss ended Sunday when he sent one off the right upright in the fourth quarter. Kasay's last miss came Nov. 30, 2003 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

--WR Keary Colbert has a sprained ankle but is likely to play Sunday against the Saints.

--WR Ricky Proehl took a blow to the head but does not have a concussion and is likely to play Sunday against the Saints. With both Colbert and Proehl out, the Panthers were forced to use Karl Hankton at receiver some on Sunday.

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