January 23, 2006 |
After 27 consecutive days of rain came one glorious night of reign. The Seattle Seahawks, whose future once looked as foreboding as the slate-gray skies, reached their first Super Bowl with a 34-14 throttling of Carolina in Sunday's NFC championship game. Long after the game ended, Qwest Field was still filled to the brim with roaring fans. As player after player hoisted the championship trophy overhead, giant cannons blasted plumes of blue, green and silver confetti into the night air.
January 20, 2006 |
The breakaway speed and ever-present big-play capability. The impetuous behavior. The clutch performances. Marshall Jones and Robert Taylor saw it all long ago from Steve Smith, the swift, sure-handed wide receiver who has helped push the Carolina Panthers to within one victory of their second Super Bowl appearance in three seasons. They marveled at his ability long before he caught 12 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 29-21 playoff victory over the Chicago Bears.
January 16, 2006 |
On the second play from scrimmage, only 55 seconds into the game, Carolina Panther receiver Steve Smith left speed burn marks on the soggy turf of Soldier Field as he sprinted uncovered, converting a pass from Jake Delhomme into a 58-yard touchdown. And there was the play where the 5-foot-9 Smith out-jumped 6-foot-1 cornerback Charles Tillman and 6-foot safety Chris Harris to snare what seemed to be a certain interception and make it a 46-yard gain to the Bear two-yard-line.
January 1, 2006 |
If they're still dreaming of a once-in-a-lifetime experience next month in Detroit, the Carolina Panthers had better have a once-in-a-decade experience today in Atlanta. The Panthers, who are 1-9 at the Georgia Dome and haven't won there since 1997, can clinch a playoff berth by beating or tying the Falcons in their regular-season finale. "If we win, we go on to bigger and better things," defensive tackle Brentson Buckner told reporters last week. "If we don't, it's up in the air.
September 12, 2005 |
More than a landmark moment for a downtrodden NFL franchise, the New Orleans Saints' 23-20 victory at Carolina on Sunday was a morsel of hope for a football team without a home. "We all need something to hang onto right now," the owner said. "We wanted to give those people in the shelters something to cheer about," the tackle said. "We're resilient," the kicker said.
March 30, 2005 |
Carolina Panthers Todd Sauerbrun and Jeff Mitchell and former Panther Todd Steussie had steroid prescriptions filled by a West Columbia, S.C., doctor under investigation by federal authorities, according to a "60 Minutes Wednesday" report. In a release Tuesday, the CBS News program said the players all had prescriptions for testosterone cream filled within two weeks of the Panthers' appearance in the 2004 Super Bowl at Houston.