Ravens pick apart Panthers in 37-13 win in Carolina

The Panthers nightmare season continued on Sunday, as despite hanging around for a bit, in the end they were done in by the much better Ravens 37-13 at the Bank of America Stadium.

Joe Flacco picked apart the Panthers D, throwing for 301 yards and one touchdown, and Billy Cundiff made three field goals for Baltimore, who moved to 7-3 on the season.

Ray Rice posted 65 yards and one TD on 19 carries for the Ravens. He added 66 yards on six receptions, while T.J. Houshmandzadeh contributed a 56-yard touchdown reception. Dawan Landry and Ray Lewis posted consecutive fourth-quarter interception returns for touchdowns.

Making his first career start, Brian St. Pierre completed only 13-of-28 passes for 173 yards, an 88-yard score to David Gettis, and the two costly picks for the Panthers (1-9), losers in four straight. Mike Goodson racked up 120 yards on 22 carries for Carolina.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, St. Pierre unloaded a deep pass for Gettis, who raced 88 yards to bring Carolina within 20-13. It was the second- longest play from scrimmage in franchise history.

Two Ravens series later, Cundiff was able to hit a 49-yard field goal with 5:55 to play and the visitors led by 10. On the ensuing Panthers drive, St. Pierre was picked off by Ed Reed at the Carolina 42-yard line. He managed to snake through tacklers before throwing a lateral to Landry, who ended the play with a successful dive for the end zone.

On the next Panthers play, Lewis stepped in front of another St. Pierre pass and soloed 24 yards into the end zone to wrap up the game at 37-13.

The Ravens struck on their first drive of the game when Flacco connected with Houshmandzadeh on a 56-yard touchdown. Baltimore went up 10-0 with a 22-yard make from Cundiff with 1:15 left in the first quarter.

Late in the first, Goodson’s 45-yard run to the Ravens’ 35 set up Carolina’s first score of the game, as John Kasay drilled a 45-yarder early in the second quarter.

It was 17-3 for the visitors with 1:57 left before halftime when Rice rolled in from the one. The score capped a 51-yard, eight-play series.

Baltimore’s David Reed took the second-half kickoff 84 yards to the Panthers’ 18, but the Ravens failed to advance the ball. Cundiff was able to drill a 33- yard try and it was 20-3 less than a minute into the third quarter.

Captain Munnerlyn returned the ensuing kick 64 yards to the Baltimore 25, but the Panthers offense stalled and Kasay hit a 40-yarder.

The Panthers are on the road next week to play the 3-7 Browns in Cleveland.

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