4:15 PM ET, December 14, 2008
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson found out last week he needed a heart transplant, coach John Fox asked his boss what the players could do to help.The answer: They're already doing it.
• The Panthers finished 8-0 at home for the first time since 1996.
• Carolina improved to 4-0 vs. AFC teams this season.
• Rookie running back Jonathan Stewart scored his ninth rushing touchdown of the season, setting a franchise record.
• The Broncos lost for the first time this season against the NFC and first time vs. the Panthers in three all-time meetings.
-- ESPN research
Panthers RG Keydrick Vincent (groin) was replaced by Jeremy Bridges in the fourth quarter. It was Bridges' first game since being arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault last week. ... Panthers DT Maake Kemoeatu (ankle) left in the third quarter. ... The Broncos allowed three sacks after going three straight games without one.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||7.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:58||P.J. Pope 7 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Matt Prater Kick)||7||0|
|TD||08:21||Steve Smith 15 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (John Kasay Kick)||7||7|
|FG||03:37||Matt Prater 43 Yd||10||7|
|FG||00:10||John Kasay 39 Yd||10||10|
|TD||06:29||Jonathan Stewart 2 Yd Run (John Kasay Kick)||10||17|
|FG||00:00||John Kasay 44 Yd||10||20|
|TD||12:49||Deangelo Williams 56 Yd Run (John Kasay Kick)||10||27|
|FG||11:22||John Kasay 42 Yd||10||30|