Final

Cardinals 10

(4-6, 1-5 away)

Panthers 35

(3-7, 1-4 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 0 0 10 010
CAR 14 14 0 735

Goings runs for 121 yards, three TDs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nick Goings revived the Carolina Panthers' running game -- for a half, anyway.

Goings ran for 121 yards and three first-half scores and the Panthers jumped to a 28-point halftime lead in a 35-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Muhsin Muhammad added two TD catches, the first with just 2 seconds left before the break, for the Panthers (3-7), who needed little more than a dominant first half to win their first home game of the season and their second straight game.

Larry Fitzgerald had a touchdown catch for the Cardinals (4-6), who couldn't overcome a first half of turnovers and penalties.

The Panthers reached the Super Bowl last season with a stingy defense and a strong running game. But injuries have decimated Carolina's backfield, where Stephen Davis, DeShaun Foster and Rod Smart are all out for the season.

Joey Harris, who started the season on the practice squad, became the fourth running back on injured reserve this week after suffering a pulled hamstring.

That left Goings to carry the load against the Cardinals. He came in with just 35 carries this year and had not scored a touchdown rushing in the past three seasons, but didn't waste any time getting the Panthers' offense moving.

His first carry went for 24 yards, sparking a 96-yard scoring drive that ended with his 2-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.

On Carolina's next possession, Goings got to the outside and sprinted down the left sideline for a 57-yard score and a 14-0 lead. He scored his third touchdown by squeezing through the line for a 1-yard run late in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals looked bad from the start.

First-year coach Dennis Green benched quarterback Josh McCown, who started all nine games for Arizona. The move backfired as Shaun King struggled against the Panthers' defense throughout the half.

King went 10-for-21 for 112 yards before the break with two interceptions, with Colin Branch returning the second one 76 yards to set up Goings' 1-yard score.

King finished with 343 yards passing, most of it coming with the Panthers leading comfortably in the second half.

The Cardinals also did plenty to hurt themselves. They had 11 penalties for 100 yards in the half, including three penalties on one play that nullified a 44-yard touchdown pass from King to Anquan Boldin.

Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme, who broke his right thumb in last week's win against San Francisco, seemed comfortable in the pocket. He threw for 157 yards and found Muhammad over the middle for a 28-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead just before halftime.

Rodney Peete relieved Delhomme late in the game, marking the first time Delhomme had not taken a snap for Carolina since the second half of last year's opener against Jacksonville.

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERARICAR
carTD4:35Nick Goings, 1 yd run
Drive info: 2 plays, 1 yds, 0:07
020
FIRST QUARTERARICAR
carTD2:09Nick Goings, 57 yd run
Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yds, 1:15
013
SECOND QUARTERARICAR
car4:31
Drive info: 2 plays, 1 yds, 0:07
021
FOURTH QUARTERARICAR
carTD11:47Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 18 yds, 0:54
1034
FIRST QUARTERARICAR
car1:53
Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yds, 1:15
014
FOURTH QUARTERARICAR
car11:38
Drive info: 3 plays, 18 yds, 0:54
1035
SECOND QUARTERARICAR
carTD0:09Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 39 yds, 0:49
027
car0:02
Drive info: 4 plays, 39 yds, 0:49
028
THIRD QUARTERARICAR
ariFG4:55Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 42 yds, 2:38
1028
ariTD11:01Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yds, 2:55
628
ari11:01
Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yds, 2:55
728
FIRST QUARTERARICAR
carTD7:05Nick Goings, 2 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 97 yds, 4:41
06
car6:55
Drive info: 9 plays, 97 yds, 4:41
07