Atlanta, G.A.- "We got whipped, outplayed, out coached in every phase today," Panthers head coach John Fox said.
This Sunday the Panthers did not have the need to worry about losing in the fourth quarter. After the first half the Panthers were already receiving a beating. The Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick was a one-man show on the Panthers yesterday.
"I call him superhero," said Falcons running back T.J. Duckett. "Michael Vick gets the job done. He is the big show. He is instant action, instant attraction. Whatever he wants to do on a day, he can do it. I'm glad he's my teammate."
Vick ran an astonishing 91 yards and made a touchdown and passed for 178 yards and made a touchdown as the Falcons defeated the Panthers 30-0.
"This one was surprising," defensive end Mike Rucker said. "Thirty-to-nothing. That means nothing went right."
Who controls the ball in the quarterback position is an important factor. The Panthers have been battling against injuries in this position. After knee surgery Rodney Peete will not be playing until at least November 10th. Yesterday, Chris Weinke, who was excited to get his starting position back, was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion and finished with just 26 yards. With Weinke out of the game, rookie Randy Fasani, the only other healthy quarterback, was unsuccessful in getting the Panthers to the end zone.
The Panthers are not happy about yesterday's devastating loss to Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons.
"We got our butts whupped," Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner said. "We came out here and we got whupped. Are we going to dwell on it? No. But it's reality. We got whupped."This has been the first time that the Carolina Panthers have been shut out of a game since Nov. 9, 1997 when they sustained a 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos. Now in the newly formed NFC South, the Panthers have failed to make a name for themselves playing a team in their division.