Charlotte, NC – The Panthers win third game in fourth week to make a mini-run at the end of the season with a 24-14 victory over the Chicago Bears to finish the year .500 at home.
"When you are trying to build something, (winning at home) was real big for us,'' said first-year coach John Fox."I think our fans have been patient to say the least. We are making strides and building some type of momentum.''
The game started out with a big play for the Bears to go up 7-0 with a 76 yard pass to Dez White from Chris Chandler. But after the Bears lost
"The explanation was I landed on him and if I had turned sideways, I would have been fine,'' Buckner said. "Man, I'm 300 pounds and we're midair, and I'm not thinking turn sideways. This is football, not falling out of a 10-story building.''
The Bears trailed 14-7 when
The Bears fell apart after
After Burris came in, he fumbled his second snap on a sack by Al Wallace. A pass interference call in the end zone gave
Rodney Peete went 18 for 35 for 179 yards and a touchdown. Running Back
But like normal the story of the Panthers was their defense, Al Wallace who was starting for Julius Peppers had 2 sacks, was second on the team with 6 tackles and a forced fumble. Mike Rucker led the team in tackles with 7 and also had a sack.