Cheap Jerseys Long time coming: Thomas Davis scores 1st NFL touchdown
He couldn’t have picked a better time, though.
Davis’ 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown on the first series of the game got the Carolina Panthers off on the right foot and set the tone for their 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
Davis was all smiles afterward, although he wasn’t sure that the touchdown was going to count until replays confirmed the fumble.
“It definitely feels good to get into the end zone Cheap nfl Jerseys and have it actually count this time,” Davis, a 12-year veteran linebacker said. “I’ve had about three or four called back, and I thought that one was going to get called back, too. Everyone was asking me why didn’t you celebrate? But they reviewed it, it counted, and it was a huge momentum shift for our football team to start the game.”
Davis had scored a touchdown previously, but it came in a preseason game against Miami two years ago.
The Cardinals took the opening kickoff and picked up one first down before facing a third-and-six from their 43. Quarterback Carson Palmer dropped back to pass but was hit by defensive tackle Star Lotuleiei. Palmer was trying to get rid of the ball in the form of a shuttle pass, but the ball came loose, hit the ground, and Davis was there to scoop it up at the 46.
Davis stiff-armed running back David Johnson, then Customized Jerseys raced untouched the rest of the way down the right sideline for the 7-0 lead with 11:48 left in the first quarter.
All touchdowns and change of possessions are automatically reviewed, and replay officials confirmed it was a fumble, not an incomplete pass, although Palmer complained that it was “an obvious pass.”
“For a second, I thought it was incomplete,” Davis said. “I did. But the way we practice here, we take everything to the end zone and then we let the refs make the decision on whether it’s incomplete or a fumble or not. But everything we do, we take it to the end zone.”
He smiled at the nifty stiff-arm that allowed him to escape Johnson.
“It just kinda worked out,” Davis said. “I saw him Carolina Panthers Jerseys and the first thing I thought about was not letting the first guy tackle me and then see what was going to happen after that. I was able to separate from him with the stiff arm, and then I ended up in the end zone.”
The Panthers tacked on touchdowns on their first two offensive possessions, both on runs by Jonathan Stewart, for a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
From there, the Panthers were able to pin their ears back defensively and tee off on Palmer the rest of the afternoon.The Panthers finished with five sacks and also had an interception, by defensive end Kony Ealy.
Davis said he considered the defensive effort a sign of things to come as the Panthers try to crawl out of a 2-5 hole to start the season. He was particularly impressed with Loltuleilei, who was credited with three sacks and five total tackles.
“This is the kind of football team we feel we’re capable of being,” Davis said. “It was about going out and showing it today, on the front end, on the back end. We did what we’ve been talking about all season long. We gave the d-line time to get there and I think the results speak for themselves.
“Those guys got after the quarterback today. I definitely think it was a statement game for them. They’ve taken criticism all year long and I feel like it was unjust, but at the end of the day you have to play together as a group. You have to play well on the back end to give them time to get there, and vice versa.”
Davis stopped short of saying that the Panthers turned their season around on Sunday, though.
“It’s just one win,” he said. “Our goal right now is to win one game each week for the rest of the season. We’re focused on that as a group. We felt all season long that we’ve had what it takes to get the job done in this locker room, but the result hasn’t turned out that way. But it feels good to be back on the winning side of things. Hopefully we can build on this.”
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