Final

Redskins 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Panthers 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 13, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 3 7 010
CAR 7 7 0 1428

Panthers extend preseason streak to 10 straight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rod Gardner did his best to downplay the touchdown he scored against his former team. Stephen Davis wouldn't let him do it.

Traded by Washington to Carolina days before training camp opened, Gardner opened his tenure with the Panthers with a 21-yard touchdown catch that helped them to a 28-10 preseason victory over the Redskins on Saturday night.

He then declined to gloat, even when told Davis -- another former Redskins player -- took delight in sticking it to Washington the first time he faced his former team.

"He did, too!" Davis interrupted. "Don't lie! Tell the truth!"

Gardner still wouldn't bite.

"It was good. It was a good feeling," he said. "It was good to make a play against my old team and let them see what they miss."

Unhappy with his role in Washington's offense, Gardner asked the Redskins to trade him in January. They completed a deal with Carolina late last month, getting a sixth-round draft pick in exchange for a four-year starter.

But Gardner has his work cut out for him in Carolina. Steve Smith, who missed 15 games last season with a broken leg, has a hold on one starting spot and second-year player Keary Colbert is slotted in the other. But with Colbert in street clothes nursing a hamstring injury, Gardner got the start against the Redskins.

Gardner opened the game with a 10-yard catch to start Carolina's drive, then Smith added two catches for 18 yards. Gardner put the Panthers on the board on their ninth play when he raced into the end zone as Jake Delhomme was under pressure.

Gardner squared up against former teammate Ade Jimoh, fighting for the same piece of field. Gardner won, pulling down the touchdown catch, as Jimoh was flagged for pass interference. Gardner, who played just the first quarter, caught both balls thrown to him and finished with 31 yards receiving.

"I know I've got the potential to go out and make plays here," he said with a wide smile.

The win was Carolina's 10th consecutive preseason victory dating to 2002.

The game marked the first time in almost a year that the Panthers were near full strength. They were decimated by injuries last season -- at one point they were down to their sixth-string running back -- and it led to a 1-7 start.

Everyone but Davis is healthy, and it showed with a solid first quarter from the starters.

"We're just knocking the rust off," said defensive end Mike Rucker.

Washington, which is still trying to find a potent offensive scheme under coach Joe Gibbs, was able to move the ball a little against Carolina's first team right before the first quarter ended.

But the Redskins struggled on their first two drives. Patrick Ramsey ended their first possession when he underthrew Santana Moss and was intercepted by Chris Gamble, and they couldn't move the ball at all on their second attempt.

"I'd so for us, obviously we have a long way to go," Gibbs said. "We're going to have to go home. We've got a lot of work to do."

Ramsey was decent his third time out, completing three straight passes -- two to Ladell Betts and a 16-yarder to Chris Cooley -- before the drive stalled. Ramsey finished 8-of-12 for 77 yards but failed to lead the Redskins to any points.

"I think you lose, you're disappointed. You don't score, you're disappointed," Ramsey said. "We moved the ball. Obviously we've got to stick it in the end zone."

Both teams' backup quarterbacks led scoring drives.

Carolina's Chris Weinke threw a 1-yard TD pass to Michael Gaines and finished 6-for-9 for 79 yards. Stefan LeFors, Carolina's fourth-round draft pick, added a 1-yard TD pass to Drew Carter in the fourth quarter and a 24-yarder to Aaron Boone.

Mark Brunell set up John Hall's 43-yard field goal before halftime that cut Carolina's lead to 14-3. The quarterback marched the Redskins down the field again early in the third quarter, but Jeff Chandler missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.

Brunell also led Washington's only touchdown drive, a 14-play march capped by Nehemiah Broughton's 1-yard TD plunge that cut the score to 14-10. Brunell finished 11-of-19 for 121 yards.

Jason Campbell, the Redskins' first-round draft choice, played the fourth quarter and went 10-of-18 for 132 yards.

"I like what we've got at quarterback," Gibbs said. "I like our depth there. You know, we'll see."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Washington
Carolina
1st Downs2221
3rd down efficiency
8-155-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards398315
Yards per play5.55.1
Total Drives22
Passing330191
Comp-Att
29-5018-28
Yards per pass
6.66.8
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-03-19
Rushing68124
Rushing Attempts
2231
Yards per rush
3.14.0
Penalties6-252-15
Turnovers40
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession27:5532:05

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell10/191326.9010-0
Brunell11/191216.4000-0
CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Weinke6/9798.8100-0
Delhomme6/10686.8100-0

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Broughton7284.0114
Cartwright4143.505
CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smart5387.6025
Shelton10202.005

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cartwright44711.8024
Combs24020.0033
CARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tolver23316.5018
Gardner23115.5121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHCAR
TD6:43ROD GARDNER 21 YD PASS FROM JAKE DELHOMME (JOHN KASAY KICK) 07
SECOND QUARTERWSHCAR
TD7:52MICHAEL GAINES 1 YD PASS FROM CHRIS WEINKE (JOHN KASAY KICK) 014
FG15:00JOHN HALL 43 YD 314
THIRD QUARTERWSHCAR
TD13:30NEHEMIAH BROUGHTON 1 YD RUN (JEFF CHANDLER KICK) 1014
FOURTH QUARTERWSHCAR
TD5:44DREW CARTER 1 YD PASS FROM STEFAN LEFORS (JOHN KASAY KICK) 1021
TD11:09AARON BOONE 26 YD PASS FROM STEFAN LEFORS (JOHN KASAY KICK) 1028