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Panthers improve on third downs

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At this time last week, the Panthers were lamenting their poor execution after going 0-for-11 on third-down conversions in a close win against the Browns. But on Sunday, the Panthers found a cure to their third-down woes, doing so against one of the league's top-ranked defenses.

The Panthers converted seven of 15 third downs, including a crucial third-and-1 in the final two minutes that allowed them to run out the clock and hold on to beat the Ravens 23-21 at M&T Bank Stadium. The final first down came on a risky play in which Jake Delhomme rolled out and fired a quick out to Drew Carter, who had to stretch his body and make a diving catch to...

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