1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2001
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rap music blasted from the showers and the Carolina Panthers danced their way through the locker room. There was no shame in celebrating a 3-0 start to the season.Especially not after a 23-3 victory Sunday over Atlanta to snap Carolina's six-game losing streak to the Falcons.
They might not, the defense is letting this team down. They aren't playing up to their potential and are costing this team games. It must be very disappointing for the coaching staff to see them playing so badly. It's going to take more than Mike Vick to make this a playoff team.
Question on the Panthers: Can this team finish stronger than last year when it opened 3-0?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Carolina LB Dan Morgan missed his second consecutive game with a pulled hamstring, the 15th game he has sat out in two-plus seasons because of injury. ... Will Witherspoon started at middle linebacker and recorded the first of Carolina's six sacks. ... The Falcons continued to struggle with third-down efficiency, converting just two of 12. ... Atlanta had nine penalties for 84 yards. ... The Falcons failed to sack Delhomme.