Panthers QB Jake Delhomme was asked on a conference call with New Orleans reporters about the fact his team had now won three of four games after their win in Arizona. It took him aback, because the Panthers certainly didn't look like a team on a roll.
"To be honest with you, it ddidn’t feel that way, it really didn’t feel that way," he said. "We were searching, from early on. All of us, in every phase. Last week kind of felt like last year. just the feeling you had in the locker room, the feeling in the locker room at halftime, on the sideline, it was good.
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"There was no doubt, we went out there with one purpose and one purpose only last week. It started last Monday in meetings with Foxy and the coaches and that’s how it was going to be. it was good. it carried over.
"It's not anything different, it’s confidence. We had won two out of three, but you’ve got to somehow, someway play with swagger. I don’t care. You’ve got to have some kind of swagger. I think this team went out there, worked very hard out there and played that way.
That feeling was felt on both sides of the ball, as the defense can walk a little taller after creating nearly as many turnovers in one game (six) as they had all season (seven).
"I agree with that," CB Richard Marshall said of Delhomme's assessment. "This game was the first time we put it all together, special teams, offense and defense. it’s the first time we played good in all three phases.
"It did feel good, especially with Arizona beating us the way they did here. Us going there and getting that win in Arizona, it felt good on that long plane ride and just relaxing and not thinking about how we lost.
"But we’ve got to forget about that and get on to New Orleans, because we know they’re going to come in and try to embarrass us."