1:00 PM ET, November 19, 2006
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Who knew that weekly steak dinners would be the cure to Carolina's defensive struggles?The Panthers sacked Marc Bulger seven times and shut out St. Louis 15-0 on Sunday, the fifth straight loss for the Rams. Jake Delhomme threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith, and the Panthers' dominating defense made it stand up.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
The Rams were unable to stop a five-game slide this week in Carolina. The Panthers were successful in getting good matchups outside, especially wide receiver Steve Smith (above) against Rams rookie cornerback Tye Hill. Smith was able to use his outstanding speed, skill and quickness to get open against the less-talented rookie. The Panthers controlled the clock by taking advantage of the Rams' inability to stop the run.
Carolina RBs DeAngelo Williams and DeShaun Foster (before he left the game with an elbow injury) hurt the Rams all day. St. Louis RB Steven Jackson was not used effectively in the passing or running game and quarterback Marc Bulger was unable to get the passing game going due to ineffective protection up front by the offensive line.
Keyshawn Johnson had eventful back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter. After catching a pass over the middle, Johnson tried to stiff arm rookie cornerback Tye Hill, but ripped off his helmet and was called for a 15-yard face mask penalty. On the next play the Panthers tried a trick play, but Johnson's pass for Smith was badly underthrown and intercepted -- by Hill. ... The Rams' last shutout loss was 14-0 Miami in Oct. 1998. ... The Rams wore white pants for the first time since they moved from Los Angeles.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||2.3||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||0-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||4:09||John Kasay 40 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 5:28
|TD||1:41||Steve Smith, 62 yd pass from Jake Delhomme (John Kasay kick is good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 69 yds, 0:15
|FG||1:04||John Kasay 34 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 4 plays, -9 yds, 2:07
Drive info: 2 plays, -2 yds, 0:24