On the 8th day of Christmas the NFL gave to me…a win in Reliant Stadium! Team Panthers delivered a little holiday cheer to Panther nation by returning Uptown with a huge victory against the Houston Texans and their number one NFL defense. It was obvious that the Panthers didn’t give a Jingle-Bell about the Texans status because the Carolina defense was on a mission to destroy all things Texans, and did so by causing Arian Foster to fumble 2 plays into the game, the perfect set up for Cam Newton to unwrap Steve Smith into the End-Zone and jump out to an early lead.
Panther fans were very excited, but didn’t want to drink the Egg-Nogg just yet! It seemed as if the Carolina Defense had taken a page (or 10) out of the Texans play-book because they were able to hold the rookie QB and Texans offense to no scoring drives the entire first half forcing another turnover and limiting Houston to punts. Their high level of play transcended to the Offense who, although had a few disturbing penalties, converted 3rd downs with the help of Steve Smith and found their way into the End-Zone two more times before the end of the half.
*Very tempting to take a sip of what the Panthers were brewing.*
In previous weeks similar Carolina scenarios have played out to the other teams’ advantage, but with Christmas on its way the Panthers were poised to deliver a smack down to the Texans…with a lil Carolina sauce on the sidelines. The 3rd quarter was the best 15 minutes of Houston Texans football all game. The Texans got their running game going and Arian Foster found his way to the End-Zone. It seemed like the Houston was rallying back to reclaim their territory, but Newton and the Panthers stood strong and remained composed. The defense sealed the deal with a last minute goal-line interception and the game was officially in the BAG!!! The AFC South verses the NFC South was quite a southern show down, Merry Christmas Team Panthers!
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Written by DJella Gray
Football-Aholic, Team Panthers 4ever, Cheerleader 4 Life!