Brian St. Pierre Steady; Panthers Fall
QB Brian St. Pierre (Streeter Lecka/Getty)
QB Brian St. Pierre (Streeter Lecka/Getty)
Publisher, PantherInsider.com
Posted Nov 21, 2010


For the first 54 minutes of the game, Brian St. Pierre did everything asked of him and more. In the final six minutes, the Baltimore Ravens slammed the door in dramatic fashion. The end result was a 37-13 rout that dropped the Carolina Panthers to 1-9.

Brian St. Pierre was steady in his Panthers debut. He completed 13 of 28 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Both of his turnovers were returned for touchdowns, making the game seem more lopsided than it actually was, but those throws were justifiable as time was running out and he needed to force the issue.

St. Pierre even authored the game's prettiest play, an 88-yard touchdown pass to David Gettis on third-and-12 early in the fourth quarter. Other than that, St. Pierre did not get a lot of help. TE Dante Rosario dropped a few balls and finished without a reception and the O-line allowed three sacks, including one where Jameel McClain went unmolested on his way to the quarterback.

St. Pierre's biggest help was RB Mike Goodson, who topped the 100-yard barrier for the second time in as many starts. Goodson ran 22 times for 120 yards and caught a team-high five balls for 31 yards. Goodson accounted for more than half of Carolina's total net yards (151 of 270).


WR David Gettis
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The defense got off to a disastrous start as Joe Flacco found T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 56-yard score, the longest pass play ceded by the Panthers' No. 5 ranked pass defense this season. But things settled down after that and the defense only allowed one TD and three field goals the rest of the way.

The Panthers defense recovered two fumbles. One was a botched handoff picked up by Tyler Brayton. The other came as Jon Beason poked the ball from Anquan Boldin and Richard Marshall recovered.

The pass rush showed some life and produced three sacks. Charles Johnson pushed his team-best sack total to 4.5; Everette Brown bagged his second sack in as many weeks; and rookie Greg Hardy recorded the second sack of his career.

But it in the end, these are just footnotes at the bottom of another disappointing story.

Cat Quicks

--The Panthers ran the wildcat on their third play from scrimmage, but Ryan Kalil snapped the ball over Goodson's head, leading to a quick three-and-out.

--Steve Smith caught four passes for 46 yards. It is just the fourth time this season he has caught four or more passes in a game.

--Devin Thomas was active for the first time since joining the Panthers. He returned three kickoffs for 63 yards and was targeted with one pass, which he dropped.

--Fellow waiver-wire pickup David Clowney also dropped the only pass he saw. It was a game-long trend as the Panthers failed to rally around their just-off-the-shelf quarterback. Rookie WR Brandon LaFell, out with a concussion, was missed more than expected.

--DT Ed Johnson was on the inactive list for the first time despite not appearing on this week's injury report. While he sat, undrafted rookie Andre Neblett played, although Neblett failed to grace the box score.

--John Kasay connected on both field goal attempts and has hit on 15 of 17 tries this season (88.23 percent). He has a chance to top his career-high mark of 90.3 percent, which was set in 2008.



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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and also a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. You can see more of his updates by following him on Twitter.



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