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Panthers improve to 10-4 by beating Jets

DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert AP

Ron Rivera’s gambling style backfired a bit, but the Panthers’ weak link bailed them out.

The Panthers improved to 10-4 by beating the Jets 30-20. Barring a miracle comeback by the Saints against the Rams, that moves the Panthers into a tie for the NFC South lead, with the Saints coming to Charlotte next weekend.

The Panthers followed a familiar formula for the win, stifling the Jets offense throughout the day. A secondary that was billed the “weak link” of their defense by Jets receiver Santonio Holmes came up big late, with cornerback Captain Munnerlyn clinching the game with an interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Holmes finished with two catches for 14 yards. While Holmes’ remark was factually correct, the Panthers were clearly motivated by the perceived slight.

Of course, the Panthers had likely done enough to put the Jets away prior to that. The only life the 6-8 Jets really showed was when they responded to a failed fourth down attempt by the Panthers with a long touchdown drive.

But the Panthers came up with a blocked punt which set up a Mike Tolbert touchdown, before Munnerlyn’s pick-six made it all but official.

Running back DeAngelo Williams had 168 combined yards (including a 74-yard receiving touchdown), leading a conservative, but effective attack.

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20 Responses to “Panthers improve to 10-4 by beating Jets”
  1. rjkilla says: Dec 15, 2013 7:19 PM

    HOLD ON RAMS!!!

  2. ryann252013 says: Dec 15, 2013 7:24 PM

    Hey fellow jets fans I have something to say about Rex Ryan

    Let me tell you this. He is a great defensive coach, He is a players coach and a great all around guy.

    But please, tell me how many times are we gonna give Rex Ryan a pass.

    How many more failures at developing a QB, How many more games of coming out not even looking fired up, How many times are we gonna sign his guys from his Baltimore days and having them completely flop because of his dumb guarantees. How much longer are we gonna think giving people days off in practice because their old or because Rex thought they deserved it after having a good game.

    I’m getting fed up and I’m on my last straw with Rex if we don’t win at least one of these next two games he needs to be shown the door.

    There are plenty of options coming out this year, we never try anything new so im gonna go out on a limb and say we hire David Shaw. You can go out and say he’s unproven but even after Harbaugh left stanford he built that program from the bottom up again. There’s also Westhoff, it may be a crazy idea but it could work and he’s been around for a while.

    All im saying is Rex Ryan is losing my faith.

  3. ptestonm says: Dec 15, 2013 7:25 PM

    Let the Carolina hate begin…….NOW!!!!

  4. MichaelEdits says: Dec 15, 2013 7:42 PM

    Does Mike Florio still think it’s unlikely for the Panthers to reach the playoffs?

  5. orivar says: Dec 15, 2013 7:57 PM

    Rex Ryan > David Shaw. The fact that Rex even got this far with the talent that the GM gave him is amazing. Geno Smith is baaaaad, even for a rookie, baaaaaaad.

  6. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 15, 2013 8:06 PM

    Panthers are slowly getting worse they have been barely beating teams as of late and are starting to look like they’ve been exposed maybe not true.. They simply don’t have a good enough offense to really compete with good teams their to one dimensional. Once Cam become a more consistent against “good” competitive teams they will make noise bit can’t be taken that seriously.. Well except they can ball defensively.. Giving up passing yards lately but that seems to be bc the dline was injured and not getting their normal pressure which should be healed or better soon.

  7. jr507 says: Dec 15, 2013 8:07 PM

    Jets will $40 million in cap room next year. They will resign Wilkerson and completely retool the skill positions on offense. Geno Smith has no talent around him other than Ivory. That changes next year.

  8. Iain says: Dec 15, 2013 8:18 PM

    This was a pretty encouraging Jets performance. Carolina have more talent and we couldn’t overcome the blocked punt, but we competed well, had a good few long drives against a top defense, didn’t give up anything deep and we have a bunch of good young players in place.

    Lots to be encouraged about.

  9. patsfan1820 says: Dec 15, 2013 8:37 PM

    Thank you Panthers for giving me a reason to smile today.

  10. backdapack4evr says: Dec 15, 2013 8:42 PM

    Jets = Joke
    Get a coach for crying out loud!!

  11. realfootballfan says: Dec 15, 2013 8:52 PM

    If the Jets fire Rex Ryan, it will be a mistake. Smith is a rookie and had a rough patch there, but he’s played better the last couple of weeks. Drop a playmaker like a Sammy Watkins in there for him at receiver and get Santonio out of the building, letting Smith keep growing in the off-season and I think this team is right on the cusp. They also need to get some more help for the offensive line and defensive backfield because Milliner looks like a big miss by the GM. They were expected to compete for the first pick and are instead still looking for an 8-8 finish. That’s good coaching.

  12. jonbeck316 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:08 PM

    Do you really get a full win for beating the Jets? They should be 9 1/2 wins 4 losses

  13. ralphwilsonisrich says: Dec 15, 2013 9:40 PM

    And the necks wanted RR fired early in the season.

  14. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 15, 2013 9:48 PM

    @ryann

    Sorry, but I disagree completely. What were you expecting, an undefeated season? This team has a chance at getting a .500 record with Pop Warner caliber players, for the most part, the job he’s done has been phenomenal. Letting him go would be a huge mistake.

    So I’ll ask the question I always ask people who think Ryan should be fired; who do you think should get the job after? What coach do you have in mind that’s going to be able to magically turn the offense around despite horrible players, and make up for the incredible loss in defensive know-how? Change for the sake of change is absurd, if the Jets had anything even close to resembling a competent offense we’d be talking playoffs, and the fact that the Jets are even in the hunt is a testament to his coaching skills.

  15. jonsilver1947 says: Dec 15, 2013 11:14 PM

    @ryann
    “How many more failures at developing a QB?”

    You gotta be kidding…Smith is a second round pick; many front offices didn’t consider him a top talent…and most rookie qbs don’t start…Ryan’s first rookie qb didn’t get in the way of 2 consecutive trips to the AFC title game…he started regressing when the OL regressed…

  16. aceboogie1 says: Dec 15, 2013 11:30 PM

    Have a day DWill! Huge blocked punt from Jason Williams and The Capt had one of the biggest games of his career IMO

    Now take care of NO at home and lets win the South!!! KEEP POUNDING PANTHER NATION!!

  17. cashtext4all.com says: Dec 16, 2013 4:43 AM

    Well, The Jets can look forward to a top draft pick. There’s a huge need for a franchise QB. Never really got one for 2-3 decades now. U need that foundation.

  18. jgedgar70 says: Dec 16, 2013 8:16 AM

    The Jets were able to hang around because we couldn’t finish the first 2 drives. I’m going to view this as glass half full by viewing that as a good run defense bending without breaking. The Saints are absolutely awful on the road and we won’t have that problem next week.

  19. virgiltab says: Dec 16, 2013 10:02 AM

    allidoiswin55 says:
    Dec 15, 2013 8:06 PM
    Panthers are slowly getting worse they have been barely beating teams as of late and are starting to look like they’ve been exposed maybe not true.. They simply don’t have a good enough offense to really compete with good teams their to one dimensional. Once Cam become a more consistent against “good” competitive teams they will make noise bit can’t be taken that seriously.. Well except they can ball defensively.. Giving up passing yards lately but that seems to be bc the dline was injured and not getting their normal pressure which should be healed or better soon.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Slowly getting worse???? Umm, I think not. The Panthers progression in winning tight games is a testament to their improvement. They don’t win this game if it was last year. Being able to maintain a lead and let the other phases step up to help win the game is what great teams do.

    And the fact the Panthers aren’t blowing people out is because the really good teams are competing late in the season and winning in December is NOT easy in the NFL. Ask any player. Teams on the cusp are playing harder and teams basically in are as well. A 10-4 team has a target on their back and that team needs to be able to absorb the shots taken at them to get to the next level.

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 16, 2013 10:05 AM

    Beating the Jets is easy.

    But suddenly the New York media notice the Panthers have had a good season.

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