8:00 PM ET, December 22, 2007
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Dallas improved to 7-1 against Carolina in the regular season. Carolina is 2-0 against Dallas in the playoffs. ... Peppers had his streak of 78 straight games played snapped, missing a game for the first time since a four-game suspension to end the 2002 season for violating the NFL's banned substance policy .... Smith's second-quarter TD catch was his team-record 45th of his career.
The Panthers stayed with maximum coverage for most of the game Saturday night, preventing them from mounting much of a pass rush, especially with DE Julius Peppers out with an injury. This allowed Carolina to flood the secondary with defenders; however, it also allowed Dallas QB Tony Romo to go through his progressions with little pressure. It also allowed the Cowboys’ receivers plenty of time to run their routes and settle in the soft spots in the Panthers' zone coverage. In the second half, with Terrell Owens out with a high ankle sprain, Carolina tightened its secondary. But it was the power zone blocking by the Dallas offensive line and the great vision and cutback running by Marion Barber that ground out the clock and preserved the victory for the Cowboys.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.1||4.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||01:30||Terrell Owens 10 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||7||0|
|TD||06:57||Marion Barber 5 Yd Run (Nick Folk Kick)||14||0|
|TD||05:38||Steve Smith 11 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (John Kasay Kick)||14||7|
|FG||01:56||Nick Folk 42 Yd||17||7|
|FG||08:00||John Kasay 37 Yd||17||10|
|FG||08:17||Nick Folk 23 Yd||20||10|
|FG||03:01||John Kasay 25 Yd||20||13|