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Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 33, Panthers 13

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme is going to be credited with one of the worst performances in postseason history.

It all may be justified because Delhomme threw five interceptions and may even have put his future with the Panthers in jeopardy.

But, before Delhomme takes the blame, let's just throw out a few questions.

Why was the game even in Delhomme's hands in the first place? Long before it got out of control, the Panthers had an opportunity to try to run their vaunted "Double Trouble'' running game. Inexplicably, they didn't. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for nine carries in the first half. That falls on coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson.

And what happened to Steve Smith? When you've got a guy who is arguably the best receiver in the NFL shouldn't he get a few catches? That falls on Fox, Davidson and Delhomme, not Smith.

And speaking of the best receiver in the NFL, why didn't Carolina have some defenders in the vicinity of Larry Fitzgerald, especially when Anquan Boldin is not playing? Fox is supposed to be a defensive genius, especially at playoff time, but he didn't look like it against Kurt Warner and the Cardinals.

All right, now forget all that and put the blame on Delhomme.