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The Carolina Panthers wish they could bottle up their performance Saturday night and save it for the regular season. Carolina dominated Washington in almost every phase of the game at Bank of America Stadium, improving to 2-1 in the preseason with a 47-3 victory.

"It was about as good as we can do," said head coach John Fox, who has won his last four preseason contests versus Washington. "I don't know that we'll have too many games like that. It can happen that way. We'll take it for what it is and move on."

What was the most impressive thing about the victory? Take your pick.

* The rushing game clicked from start to finish. DeAngelo Williams rushed nine times for 101 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown. Rookie Jonathan Stewart ran 10 times for 100 yards, including a 50-yard score.

* The defense throttled the Redskins attack, registering four sacks and two fumbles recovered by Julius Peppers in the first half alone.

* Jake Delhomme looked shaky early, but finished with 11-of-19 for 159 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.

* Steve Smith scored two touchdowns, one on a fumble recovery and one the usual way...a hitch pass where he eluded one tackler and then ran untouched 33 yards for his second score.

* The special teams were just that. John Kasay made all four of his field goal attempts, including one from 52 yards, and Rhis Lloyd continued to pin opponents with his deep kickoffs. Carolina's coverage units excelled as well.

The Panthers led 3-0 entering the second quarter, and that's when everything fell apart for the Redskins. Carolina exploded for 31 unanswered points. Washington, which entered the game 3-0 this preseason, looked like a punch drunk fighter throughout the second period.

"Sometimes you have bad days and sometimes your opponents do," said Fox. "We played well and they probably didn't have their best effort. Things bounced our way and with that kind of score, that's usually indicative of that."

The Panthers will wrap up the preseason at Pittsburgh on Thursday before opening the regular season at San Diego two weeks from today (Sunday).

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