Daryl Worley has “really ste Josh Donaldson Blue Jays Jersey pped up”

But has the second-year cornerback played well enough lately to regain a full-time role?

CHARLOTTE – In what’s been an up and down season for Daryl Worley, Sunday was the former. 

The second-year cornerback opened the win over the Vikings by grabbing Carolina’s first interception by a cornerback in 2017 and added a season-high nine tackles. More importantly for Worley, he playe Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball Merchandise d 66 snaps, 57 more than his rotation-mate Kevon Seymour

“We’ve kind of waited to see who’s going to take the bull by the horns,” head coach Ron Rivera said Monday, “and I think the last couple of weeks, Daryl’s really stepped up.” 

Worley began the year as an unquestioned starter across from fellow 2016 draftee James Bradberry, but when a strained pectoral muscle kept him out Custom Blue Jays Jersey  of the Week 4 win in New England, Seymour did well enough filling in to remain in the defense’s plans. 

So for the past 10 games, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks has mixed and matched the two, preferring Worley for his vision in a zone and Seymour for his physicality when the Panthers go into man coverage. 

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But something seemed to click with Worley during Carolina’s loss at New Orleans. Maybe it’s because Seymour started over him for the first time, but Worley had  Kevin Pillar Jersey a solid game against the Saints, regained a starting role this past week and then played his best game the season. 

“I think Daryl has really handled Joe Carter Jersey  the situation, the competition, I think he’s handling it in a great manner,” Wilks said. “Each and every day he goes out to practice trying to get better, (not knowing) who’s going to start. But his mindset is he’s going to start and I think he’s got better in that situation.”

Worley wasn’t shy about sharing frustrations about his playing time a few weeks ago, but Sunday, he was more diplomatic. 

“I wouldn’t put any emphasis on me,” he said. “There’s always room for corrections.”  

But has he done enough to go back to a full-time role?  

“I’ Josh Donaldson Jersey m just trying to do my part each and every play Toronto Blue Jays ,” Worley said with a wry smile. “I guess we’ll have to see how it plays  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey out next week.”

How Cam Newton turned a wrong i Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic nto a right

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula explains how Carolina’s quarterback pulled off his latest improvisation.

CHARLOTTE – Quarterback Cam Newton is Jonathan Drouin Jersey  often at his best when the play breaks down and his instincts take over.

But that’s not exactl Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey y the most comfortable situation for offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

“Sometimes with him, more so than other guys I’ve been around, you’re like – ‘No! What are you … ? Oh, great job!” Shula said with a laugh.

The latest example occurred during the third quarter of Sunday’s 31-24 win over Minnesota, when Newton was forced to improvise on third-and-7. After avoiding the rush, Newton threw across the field and off his back  NHL All Star f Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 67 Max Pacioretty Authentic Home Red C Patch Hockey Jersey oot to connect with wide receiver Devin Funchess for an 18-yard touchdown.

“Everything I was told not to do, I did,” Newton said after the game.

Here’s what Shula had to say about how that play unfolded o Brendan Gallagher Jersey n Monday.

“The timing was maybe a little bit off with his read, which happens,” Shula said. “It looked like a sack, which you don’t want in that area. But he got out of that.

“He’s done such a good job this year of keeping his eyes down the field… We had this conversati Max Pacioretty Jersey on in our (meeting) room. A couple weeks ago we had a very similar thing where he threw it late over the middle (against Miami) and it was Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens  (nearly an) interception. As coaches, we can’t have it both ways. We can’t say a couple weeks ago, ‘Hey, you can’t do this. It’s wrong,’ and then all the sudden say, ‘Good job today.’”

But that’s essentially what happens sometimes with a talent like Newton. Some of the rules don’t always apply to him.

“You have to be really careful with what you’re doing. It’s kind of  Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap a ‘be right,’” Shula said. “You be NHL 100 Classic Celebration tter be right.”

He sure was in this case.

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Panthers working on assumption that Aaron Rodgers will return to Packers huddle Sunday; Carolina happy to have Ryan Kalil back in its offensive huddle.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers don’t yet know if they’ll face Aaron Rodgers when the Packers visit Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, but they will work on that assumption.

Rodgers is eligible per injured reserve rules to return from his broken collarbone this week, but he’s still awaiting medical clearance. The Panthers obviously won’t await around, and head coach Ron Rivera said their preparation would Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey n’t change much anyway with fill-in Brett Hundley directing the Packers offense more and more like Rodgers with each passing game.

“When Hundley started playing for them they weren’t throwing balls vertical, but now you’re starting to see more vertical shots – stuff similar to the stuff they did with Rodgers,” Rivera said. “We’ll game plan for what they do and how they do it, and we’ll see who plays.”

Rivera said the chatter around Rodgers’ return “will be a big distraction for everybody,” meaning it will dominate the headlines. The Panthe NHL 100 Classic Celebration rs, however, won’t let it dominate their work week.

“Our focus will be on the Packers and what they do and how they do it,” Rivera said.

The Packers (7-6) managed to remain in the playoff chase with overtime victories over the Buccaneers and the Browns the last two weeks, staying alive long enough for a Rodgers return to possibly save their season. The Panthers (9-4) currently sit as the NFC’s  Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 67 Max Pacioretty Authentic Home Red C Patch Hockey Jersey top wild card, and while Green Bay mathematically remains alive in the NFC North thanks to Carolina’s victory over the Vikings (11-3), the Packers’ best chance Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens  involves winning out to sneak into a wild card spot.

If Rodgers returns, hope only increases for the Packers – right along with the challenge for the Panthers.

“He’s seen every look, and he does a great job of trying to manage the offense and putting it in great position,” defensive coordinator Steve Wilks said. “He has the complete package. If he plays, we’re going to have his hands full.”

Head coaching credentials: We’ve nearly made it to the most wonderful time of the year – the cranking up of the coaching carousel. One head job is already open with the Giants’ recent decision to part ways with Ben McAdoo, so Wilks – who interviewed for the Rams’ vacant job last offseason – naturally was asked about his interest in such opportunities.

“We’re focused on being focused. I’m not really going to entertain it or talk about it at this particular time,” Wilks said. “The biggest thing we have is Green Bay, and that’s going to b Brendan Gallagher Jersey e my focus. Whatever hap Jonathan Drouin Jersey pens at the end of the year is going to happen.”

Wilks has head coaching aspirations, and Rivera said any attention Wilks receives along those lines is well-deserved.

That, however, is all Rivera said.

“I’m not going to talk about that right now. We still have three games in the regular season left.”

Kalil spreads confidence: R Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap yan Kalil‘s return to the starting lineup against the Vikings was a successful one for everyone involved.

“There’s probably some confidence the guys feel lining up next to Ryan Kalil. He’s been a tremendous Pro Bowl player, and just his presence is enough to instill confidence in his teammates, in the quarterback,” Rivera said of Kalil’s first full game since Week 1. “And you could see his confidence build – a little tentative at first and then all of a sudden, ‘Bam.’ You could see it one series after the other.

“I thought he got better and stronger as the game went on.”

Tyler Larsen, the Panthers’ starting center for 10 games, was inactive with a foot injury. So was linebacker Shaq Thompson, who Rivera hopes can return for the Packers game.

“He had a good morning. We’ll see once we get into Wednesday and Thursday,” Rivera said. “I hope to get him back.”

Rivera also hopes the Panthers have speedy wide receiver Kaelin Clay back at full stren NHL All Star gth. Clay played just three snaps on offens Max Pacioretty Jersey e and didn’t play in the fourth quarter because of a sore shoulder that made him questionable for the game. Rivera was pleased with how Damiere Byrd took advantage of his extended playing time, parlaying a career-high 34 snaps into a team-leading five receptions for 37 yards.

Trump’s top aides, including one he fired, Custom Steelers Jersey praise his loyalty

Donald Trump, as is well known, demands total loyalty from his subordinates. It is less well-known that he is extremely loyal to them in exchange, perhaps because he has fired so many of them, but it’s the truth, according to two Custom Steelers Jersey former top aides who were interviewed by Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff.

The two — former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his deputy David Bossie — are the authors of a just-published campaign memoir, “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency.” They describe the president’s loyalty in glowing terms — notwithstanding that Lewandowski was fired during the campaign and that neither of them received the high-level White House jobs they were promised.

According to their book, Trump was angry over White House leaks to the media when he informed the pair they wouldn’t be getting the positions they had Pittsburgh Steelers been told to expect — Bossie as deputy chief of staff and Lewandowski as a senior adviser overseeing political operations and presidential appointments. They describe this as one in a series of “What the f*** just happened” moments.

“I’m doing a great job, but my staff sucks,” the president said.

But speaking with Isikoff, both had only kind words for Trump, saying they have stayed in touch with him and that having been spared a grueling White House job means they have more time to spend with their young families.

website. “Any other candidate in their right mind would have fired me on the spot and destroyed my life and my family’s life,” Lewandowski recounted. But Trump said, “I could fire Personalized Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey Corey, but I’m gonna stand by him and make sure this incident doesn’t ruin his life forever.”

“And that is loyalty.”

Earlier this year Lewandowski was hired as a senior adviser and spokesperson Cheap Custom NFL Jersey for the pro-Trump super-PAC America First Action.

“We could work in the [White House] if we wanted to,” Bossie said. “At a certain point in time we could have. Today, I have no idea.”

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Recap: Pant Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic hers 31, Vikings 24

Quarterback Cam Newton leads Carolina to a vital victory over the Vikings.

CHARLOTTE – It took quarterback Cam Newton’s late-game heroics for the Carolina Panthers to pull out a pivotal 31-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.

Alth NHL All Star ough the Panthers led for the majority of the game, Minnesota’s Kai Forbath kicked a game-tying 27-yard field goal to level the score at 24 with 3:07 remaining. However, with all eyes on Newton, he orchestrated his first game-winning fourth quarter drive since 2015. On the second play of the drive, the quarterback broke free for a 62-yard run up the middle and barreled into the red zone.

“Simple zone read,” Newton said. “Like I said, it’s a feeling-out process throughout the whole game. I don’ Max Pacioretty Jersey t think that play would have been there in the first quarter because they did have a plan to try to eliminate me from the run game.”

“I got hyped,” wide reciever Devin Funchess said. “He’s still slow, he’s got to work on his speed in practice. We’re going to get to it this week.”

Newton, dragged down at the 8-yard line, became the first quarterback in NFL history is tally two 60-plus yard runs in a single season.

Three plays later, running back Jonathan Stewart capped off the game-winning drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, his third rushing touchdown of the day.

All season long, head coach Ron Rivera has stressed the importance of starting strong. Until now, that hasn’t included a first-quarter interception, let alone an interception from a cornerback. Daryl Worley set the tone early when he picked off Vikings quarterback Case Keenum on a deep pass inte Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey nded for wide receiver Adam Thielen Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap . 

“The (cornerbacks) have been working hard. They really have,” Rivera said. “They had opportunities today, and they made the plays. That’s the big thing. The last few weeks we have dropped some that we should have caught so it was good to see those guys come through and make p Brendan Gallagher Jersey lays for us.”

The Panthers’ offense took over at their own 31 and within three plays, Carolina was leading by a touchdown. On his first handoff of the game, Stewart broke off a 60-yard touchdown run, his longest of the season.

“Whenever you play a team that’s always in the box lined up like that, you hope to just see a hole open because you just know that there’s no one else in the secondary,” Stewart said. “Our offensive line did a great job and having [Ryan] Kalil back, I’m definitely sure that helps. That first play, I just followed [Andrew] NHL 100 Classic Celebration  Norwell, a Jonathan Drouin Jersey nd he led me to the promised land.”

Keenum and the Vikings responded on the ensuing possession, putting together a 10-play, 75-yard drive ending in an 18-yard touchdown reception for tight end Kyle Rudolph. However, Car Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 67 Max Pacioretty Authentic Home Red C Patch Hockey Jersey olina’s offense continued to roll behind the legs of Stewart. After the Panthers strung together 13 plays totaling 88 yards, Stewart bulldozed into the end for his second touchdown of the day.  

“We responded all day,” Rivera said. “I thought they did some really good things in response to whenever Minnesota scored, we were able to do something.”

Despite conceding two field goals be Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens fore halftime, the Panthers offense begain clicking again out of the break. Leading 14-13, Newton connected with Funchess for an 18-yard touchdown completion. On third-and-7, Newton dropped 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage to evade pressure before finding Funchess all alone at the goal line.

The third quarter score paired with a 41-yard Graham Gano field goal gave Carolina a 24-13 lead, its largest of the game.

The Vikings didn’t go away in the fourth quarter. Even after throwing a second interception, Keenum linked up with Thielen once more for a 52-yard pitch and catch turned touchdown. The score preceded a third Kai Forbath field goal, this time from 27 yards, that leveled the game, 24-24. 

“Probably the biggest thing is ‘Keep Pounding,'” Rivera said. “That is our mantra around here, and that’s pretty much all we talked about.”

Panthers  Montreal Canadiens 100 Classic vow to bounce back – again

Carolina has a history of playing well at home after a loss, which would come in handy Sunday against a Vikings team on the cusp of making some road-game history.

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers don’t believe they played up to their standards last Sunday.

Julius Peppers finds it hard to believe that will ha NHL All Star ppen again this Sunday.

“I don’t think we’ll have two bad games in a row,” Peppers said. “The preparation will be where it needs to be, and I have confidence in these guys coming back and rectifying what went wrong last week.”

A week after losing at the Saints in a game for first place in the NFC South, the Panthers host a Vikings team not only in first place in the NFC North but also currently in position to be the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Panthers will have to play better to knock off a team riding an eight-game win NHL 100 Classic Celebration ning streak, and history suggests they will.

Six times since the beginning of 2015 season, the Panthers have hosted a home game after suffering a loss the previous week. They’ve won five of those six games, the one exception coming when quarterback Cam Newton sat out a Monday Night Football game  Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 67 Max Pacioretty Authentic Home Red C Patch Hockey Jersey against the Buccaneers last  Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 92 Jonathan Drouin Authentic Home Red NHL Hockey Jersey Cheap season.

While the 2016 te Jonathan Drouin Jersey am finished a disappointing 6-10, it wasn’t for lack of determination. That team went 4-1 in home games following a loss. This year’s team will be playing at home immediately after a loss for the first time.

“This team, we know how to respond to a loss,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “It’s about coming out and playing better than the last week, about going out there and competing.”

Munnerlyn knows as well as anybody that beating the Vikings is a tall task. He played for a Minnesota team last Brendan Gallagher Jersey  season that stood as the NFL’s last unbeaten after five weeks, a start that included a 22-10 triumph at Bank of America Stadium in Week 3.

Last year’s Vikings wound up 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

“A lot of injuries hurt them last year. This year they’re holding it together, playing good team football,” Munnerlyn said before providing the perfect answer when asked how Carolina can handle a Vikings team that’s even stronger than the one that won in Charlotte a year ago.

“I’m on the opposite side now,” M Montreal Canadiens Ice Hockey Jersey unnerlyn said, “so I think I’m the difference maker.”

The Viki Brendan Gallagher Jersey Womens ngs, coming off victories at Atlanta last week and at Detroit on Thanksgiving, are looking to play and win on the road for three consecutive weeks for the first time in team history. This is the ninth time since the franchise formed in 1961 that the Vikings have played back-to-back-to-back road games but the first time since 1989.

The Panthers will be kicking off a stretch of three homes games in three weeks. The last time they faced such a stretch, in 2015, they won all three gam Max Pacioretty Jersey es.

“We know what’s at stake. If we defend our dirt, we’re in the playoffs,” Munnerlyn said. “We’ve got to get hot at the right time.”


LAST TIME THEY PLAYED

Cam Newton’s l Josh Donaldson Blue Jays Jersey egs come through in clutch

Quarterback Cam Newton’s 62-yard run late in the fourth quarter propelled Carolina to victory over the vaunted Vikings.

CHARLOTTE – As t Toronto Blue Jays he years have gone by, quarterback Cam Newton has long maintained that his legs are his “edge.”

On Sunday, they were the difference in Carolina edging Minnesota for a 31-24 victory.

With the Vikings having just tied the game at 24-24 with 3:07 remaining, it was Newton who put the Panthers in position to win with a 62-yard run off the left side on second-and-5.

The zone-read fake to running back Jonathan Stewart occupied defensive end Everson Griffen while left tackle Matt Kalil blocked linebacker Anthony Barr to clear the path for Newton to get to the second level.

At that point, Newton stuck his right foot i Josh Donaldson Jersey n the ground and juked left, leaving safety Andrew Sendejo flailing helplessly at Newton’s feet. Carolina Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ’s quarterback was off to the races until cornerback Tre Waynes tracked him Joe Carter Jersey  down at the Minnesota 8-yard line. Three plays later, Stewart went up and over the pile for the go-ahead score.

“Simple zone-read,” Newton said. “With C-Mac and Stew, those guys are grav Custom Blue Jays Jersey itating a lot of attention in the backfield and we are just trying to attack the defense with a lot of misdirection to make them hesitate.

“When that happens things, are good.”

In this case, it was great.

A 62-yard run against the league’s second-ranked rush defense in a critical moment like that?

“A huge play,” center Ryan Kalil said. “I think there are (only) a few guys in the league that can do that and he’s one of them.”

Same goes for his 18-yard touchdown pass to cap the opening drive of the third quarter.

It was third-and-7 and Newton couldn’t find anyone open. Defensive end Danielle Hunter was bearing down off the right side anticipating a sack with Griffen converging from the left side. But Newton did wha Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey t he does. He instinctively jolted backward and the Minnesota linemen got tangled up with one another.

Newton took the time he created to survey the field. That’s when he locked eyes with Funchess.

“I saw the void in the defense and I made eye contact with  Kevin Pillar Jersey him and just told him to throw it over there,” Funchess explained.

Newton obliged, zipping a pass off his back foot that went over linebacker Eric Kendricks and into the waiting hands of Funchess to give Carolina a 21-13 lead.

“Everything I was told not to do, I did,” Newton said of the typically risky decision to throw across his body. “Guys are just out there playing football.”

Running, throwing, improvising – it’s all part of Newton’s unique playing st Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball Merchandise yle. And all of it was need to earn a crucial victory over the Vikings.

“He needed to do whatever it took to keep his team in the game,” Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes said. “He needed to make plays, and he made them.”

Sweet vic Josh Donaldson Blue Jays Jersey tory over Vikings for Kalil brothers

Matt had one of his better games against his former team and Ryan was solid in his first action since Week 7.

CHARLOTTE – Sunday’s game against the NFC-leading Minnesota Vikings was a huge one for the Carolina Panthers, who were trying to keep pace in a tight race for a playoff spot.

For the Kalil brothers, it had added significance for other reasons.

Matt, Carolina’s high-priced free agent acquisition at left tackle, was playing his former team for the first time.

Ryan, the five-time Pro Bowl center who has battled a frustrating neck injury all year, was playing for the first time since Week 7.

It all made the 31-24 victory – one in which the Panthers rushed for 216 yards against a Minnesota team that came in allowing 77.7 per game – a little sweeter for the Kalil family.

Let’s start with Matt, who had the tough task of blocking Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen.

Griffen had one sack for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter to up his season total to 13, but he was penalized for grabbing Cam Newton’s facemask. Kalil was penalized for unnecessary roughness earlier on that drive, but the Vikings declined thanks to a sack by Linval Joseph.

Other than that, you didn’t hear Griffen or Kalil’s name much. And that’s a good thing  Josh Donaldson Jersey for the left tackle.

“I’m very, very happy for Matt,” said head coach Ron Rivera, who called on Matt and fellow former Viking Captain Munnerlyn to break down the team in the postgame locker room. “A lot has been s Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey aid, written and talked about this week, and as I sa Kevin Pillar Jersey id last week and before, I’ll say it again – the guy is getting better and better at what we do.”

Here’s how Matt assessed his individual performance: “There’s a couple plays here and there. Everson is one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. I had my hands full going against him. It was like a practice, but it was like a game. I went against those guys for the last five years. It was a cool experience.

“It’s good to get a win, especially in fashion we did, rushing the ball and opening those holes up.”

As for beating his former team, Kalil insisted it meant more to beat a team that was 10-2 and riding an eight-game winning streak than it did to beat the team that drafted him fourth overall in  Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey 2012.

“It’s not like a bitter experience or they treated me terribly. I just decided I needed to make a decision for my life an Custom Blue Jays Jersey d my career. No hard feelings like I have some vendetta against Minnesota or anything like that,” Matt said.

“Just a great feeling – not to beat them – but to beat a great team.”

Speaking of great feelings, everyone was happy to see Ryan Kalil start and finish the game.

The season opener at Sa Joe Carter Jersey n Francisco was the only game Ryan had played in full prior to Sunday. When he tried to return in Week 7 at Chicago, his day lasted no more than three series.

“It was a long time coming,” Ryan said. “Just glad to be back out there and get back in the rhythm of things. Obviously, not my best game. I was a little rusty.

“A little tired,” he added. “It’s been a while.”

That’s all to be expected after a long absence. But Ryan more than held his own against Minnesota’s disruptive 329-pound man in the middle, Linval Joseph.

“That’s a heck of a first game to come back against that guy,” Ryan said. “He’s one of the better nose tackles in the league. I can’t say enough good things about Linval Joseph.”

When he wasn’t battling Joseph, Kalil was finishing plays by diving into piles and exhausting every ounce of energy. He played a like guy who missed being out there.

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“He’s one of the best centers to ever play if you ask me,” running back Jonathan Stewart said. “When you have him coming back for this game, it’s big.”

The Kalils and the entire offense took pride in finishing the game off with a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive after the Vikings tied the game at 24 with 3:07 left.

After the Carolina defense forced Minnesota to settle for a game-tying field goal following an interception tha Toronto Blue Jays t set them up with first-and-goal from the 6, it was time for the offense to come through.

Matt executed a critical block on linebacker Anthony Barr to help spring Newton’s 62-yard gallop. Moments later, Ryan stifled Joseph at the point of attack and Stewart jumped over his center for the go-ahead score on third-and-goal.

“We had to do our part,” Ryan said.

Both Kalils can proudly say they did.

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 custom vikings jersey After flashing some speed with a 60-yard touchdown run, Jonathan Stewart showcases his power on his way to two more touchdowns and a career first.

CHARLOTTE – Jonathan Stewart is more of a “three yards and a cloud of dust” kind of running back – the kind that knocks the dust off an opponent’s jersey with his physical style of play.

Early in Sunday’s showdown with the Vikings, however, Stewart was feeling his oats in a decidedly different way.

“I knew I was ahead of everyone,” he said. “I was like Usain Bolt.”

On a third-and-1 play on the Panthers’ first pos custom womens vikings jersey session, the right side of Carolina’s offensive line paved a pa Custom Womens Eagles Jersey th that sprung Stewart into wide-open spaces. Five yards ahead of the nearest defensive player with 40 yards to go, Stewart lengthened his lead after Vikings defenders realized there was no catching him.

Stewart caught a glimpse of his cushion on his way to a 60-yard touchdown run. Then he did a 180-degree turn at the goal line and fell backwards into the end zone like a carefree swimmer falling back into the lake on a lazy summer day.

Sunday was anything but a summer day, but Stewart still enjoyed a day in the sun.

“I’ve always wanted to do that,” Stewart said. “I looked at the Jumbotron and saw that I had a nice little lead. I thought, ‘Well, this is the time.’ “

No doubt, Stewart also has thought about scoring three rushing touchdowns in a game – something he had never done in 128 chances before Sunday, when he scored Carolina’s first two touchdowns and then the game winner in the final two minutes to key a crucial 31-24 victory.

Not bad for a guy who had three rushing touchdowns all season; not bad for a guy who had one rushing touchdown to his credit just two weeks ago.

“I’m just  Custom Womens Patriots Jersey excited for him. I think he’s an incredible football player,” center Ryan Kalil said. “I know when running backs get older, people like to start pushing them out the door. So for him to run that far and score, it’s huge for him. It’s huge for us. It’s a big confidence booster.”

Back in Week 9, the 30-year-old Stewart experienced another first – his first game with two lost fumbles. It provided extra ammo to critics who thought Stewart’s best days were behind him, but Stewart responded in kind.

Head coach Ron Rivera stuck with him, literally right after the fumble trouble and in subsequent weeks. Stewart rushed for 110 yards the next time out in a Monday Night Football victory over the Dolphins, then he scored touchdowns in each of Carolina’s next two games before gaining 103 yards against the Vikings.

“We didn’t doubt him. That’s why we kept putting Jonathan out there,” Rivera said. “We believe in who he is for us.”

Stewart’s final two touchdown runs Sunday more typified what he’s best known as. He found the end zone on Carolina’s second drive much like his first, only this time he powered through multiple big bodies for a 1-yard score on third-and-goal.

Then, after a 62-yard run by quarterback Cam Newton in a tie game set the Panthers up at the Minnesota 8 with two minutes left, it was again Stewart’s time to shine. Newton handed the ball off to Stewart three consecutive times, and he gained positive yards on all three capped by a 1-yard touchdown for the game winner.

“Stew just being Stew – jumping over the top and getting in by any means necessary,” Newton said. “Extremely big for us. That’s the physicality that our offensive line, our team can present. We’re going to keep doing that. It was very big for us to have that kind of momentum this time of year.”

This is the time of year when the Panthers traditionally crank up their running game. When temperatures drop like they did Sunday, Stewart drops the Custom Womens Steelers Jersey  hammer.

“It’s a different ballgame this time of year,” Stewart said. “When you run the ball and you run it successfully, it’s all about who is more physical. We were the more physical team today.”

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Three takeaways help Panthers build lead, but defense’s response to the Vikings’ lone takeaway proves just as big. custom vikings jersey 

CHARLOTTE – Thanks in part to a defense matching its best showing of the season in terms of takeaways, the Panthers had kept the Vikings at arm’s length all day.

Then in a flash – after Minnesota’s biggest chunk play by a wide margin and then the Vikings’ first takeaway of the day – the Panthers found themselve Custom Womens Steelers Jersey s a few lengths of the football away from giving up the lead late.

“That’s as bad a position as you can be in,” linebacker Luke Kuechly said. “That’s a pride situation. It takes pride to step in there when things are against you.”

Pride, determination and talent – and a dash of good fortune – all came together just in the nick of time, and a goal-line stand of sorts allowed the defense to force a field goal and afforded the offense another chance that it turned into a game-winning march.

“We went out and we had a huge stop,” linebacker Thomas Davis said after the Panthers posted a 31-24 triumph. “Held them to a field goal and that really put us in a really good spot.

“It shifted momentum back on our side, and our offense went and made a huge play.”

The Panthers had led since running back Jonathan Stewart‘s second touchdown gave them a 14-7 edge two plays into the second quarter, and the defense shared in that success. The Vikings’ opening drive of the game resulte Custom Womens Eagles Jersey d in Carolina’s first interception all season by a cornerback, and the offense turned Daryl Worley‘s pick into a 60-yard touchdown run by Stewart.

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum didn’t make it that easy for Carolina’s defense the rest of the day – showing a penchant to escape the pocket and convert third downs – but the defense didn’t make it easy on Keenum, either. After Stewart’s second touchdown, the defense twice held the Vikings to field goals before half, including a stand facing first-and-goal at the 4-yard line in the waning seconds.

“It’s kind of drilled into your head,” Davis said. “Field goals, takeaways, field goals, takeaways.”

The second of three takeaways helped the offense extend the lead, with the defense following up Devin Funchess‘ 18-yard touchdown reception to open the second half with a Mario Addison strip-sack. Mike Adams‘ recovery helped set up a Graham Gano field goal for a 24-13 cushion.

But over the game’s final six minutes, it almost got away from the Panthers. Wide receiver Adam Thielen got loose for a 52-yard touchdown, 30 yards longer than any other offensive play for the Vikings. Three plays later, quarterback Cam Newton led running back Christian McCaffrey too much with a pass, and the ball bounded to safety Andrew Sendejo, who returned it 34 yards.

Just like that, with 4:36 left, the Vikings sat six yards shy of taking their first lead of the game.

Carolina’s defense didn’t cave.

Kuechly and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei stuffed a run play on first down. On second down, Keenum had Diggs in the end zone, but cornerback James Bradberry – who got his first interception earlier – recovered to knock it away.

“Please, please, please,” Bradberry said to himself as the ball came out of Keenum’s hand. “Just throw my arm out there and hope for Custom Womens Patriots Jersey  the best.

“We were in man coverage. I was kind of too far on top of the route. They were throwing a back shoulder fade, and I just made sure I kept my eyes on him and broke towards him. I was able to get out of my break fast enough and was hoping the ball was late. And it was.”

On third down – a spot where Keenum had led the league’s top-converting unit to success on seven of 13 chances – defensive tackle Kawann Short busted through for a sack. The Vikings had to settle for a 27-yard field goal and a 24-24 tie.

“Guys knew that they were down three and if we hold them to a field goal, it’s a big momentum shift custom womens vikings jersey  for us,” Kuechly said. “Anytime an offense goes out and gets the ball on a sudden change inside the 10 and doesn’t get a touchdown, it’s a gut punch.

“We tried to limit them to a field goal or get a takeaway, and we were able to do that.”

Given new life, the offense pounced. Keyed by Newton’s 62-yard run, Carolina went back ahead on Stewart’s third score of the game.

The Vikings offense still had 1:47 and a timeout, but the Panthers defense made sure Minnesota didn’t have a chance. Another Short sack derailed the drive before it could get started, and three subsequent incompletions under pressure sealed it.

“Everybody rushed their butts off,” Short said. “We knew we needed to stop it. We needed to get off the field.”