1:00 PM ET, September 8, 2002
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Players mobbed each other in a pile on the ground, new coach John Fox jumped high into the arms of his assistants, and the Carolina Panthers celebrated their first victory in 364 days.
Both teams are poor, but it was good to see Panthers QB Rodney Peete do what he needed to do to be successful -- that is, don't force the ball downfield, use the tight end and work the running game. It's important to win the games you should win. As for the Ravens, they've seen a mass exodus of quality players since their Super Bowl championship less than two years ago. The salary cap can be tough long-term when a team wants to win here and now but has no plan for the future.
Eric Allen played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Carolina's victory was the first at Ericsson Stadium since Dec. 17, 2000. ... Baltimore receiver Brandon Stokley set career-highs with six catches for 83 yards. ... Running back Jamal Lewis, who missed all of last season for the Ravens with a knee injury, marked his return with 64 yards on 17 carries. ... The Panthers ran for 145 yards -- they didn't eclipse the 100-yard mark until their sixth game of last season. ... Carolina's defense held Baltimore to 77 yards on the ground, the first time in nine games it had held an opponent under 100 yards.