It does my heart good to see the Arizona Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers in their first game of the season. I live outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Panthers and so I am constantly barraged with the sight of black, blue and silver. I’ve never beena fan of the Panthers and I don’t suppose I ever will.
The game was a close one and the Arizona defense barely seemed able to hold Carolina at times, but they did it when it counted…especially at the very end of the game when they made a spectacular goal line stand. Cam Newton showed that he may well be a force to be reckoned with, throwing more than 400 yards and two touchdowns in his first professional game, but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.
The addition of Kevin Kolb to the Arizona offense seemed to pay off, with at least two long touchdown passes, the likes of which were non-existant all of last season. Beanie Wells did his part as well, establishing a running game early on and providing another passing target for Kolb.
The Cardinals may drive me crazy with their last minute wins, but I can’t help but be proud of this win.
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