PANTHERS WIN 10-7

<strong>Panthers open the John Fox era with a win 10-7 victory over the Ravens

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Panthers open the John Fox era with a victory and first round draft pick Julius Peppers made a huge defensive play with under a minute remaining to force a turnover.  The Panthers opened the season with a 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Peppers started at the left defensive end and made a huge play when the game was on the line. On a 3rd-and-4 play at the Baltimore 47 with under two minutes remaining, Peppers beat the offensive tackle and hit quarterback Chris Redman as he threw. The ball popped into the air and linebacker Dan Morgan came up with an interception that he returned inside the Ravens 20 to seal the victory.

 

Veteran Quarterback Rodney Peete, named the starter earlier in the week, threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Wesley Walls in the first quarter for the Panthers. Peete was 12-of-19 for 136 yards and one touchdown.

 

Lamar Smith did a good job running the football and gained 84 yards on 24 carries.

 

The Ravens only score came when Redman threw an eight-yard TD pass to rookie Ron Johnson in the opening quarter for the Ravens.

 

The Panthers stopped a 15-game losing streak that dated to last season, and will play the Detroit Lions next week at home.


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