This is why you play the game.
The Carolina Panthers, who had been outdueled by their former comeback king, mounted one of their own, only to fall short when John Kasay missed a 42-yard field goal on the game's final play.
The Browns took a 24-23 win when Kasay's attempt, which followed a stirring drive by rookie QB Jimmy Clausen, hit the left upright.
Clausen's earlier pick appeared to seal the game, but they quickly got the ball back, and moved downfield thanks to some nifty plays by Rb Mike Goodson and an incredible catch and get-out move by WR Brandon LaFell.
That play had to be reviewed, and gave the Panthers time to set up what's normally an easy kick for Kasay. But this one started left and never moved, plunking the hardware and killing what could have been known as "The Drive," in Panthers lore.
The Panthers kept scratching after falling into 21-7 hole, taking the lead with 7:01 left on a Kasay field goa..
But Delhomme did what he did so many times in Carolina, calmly led a late drive, which ended with Phil Dawson's field goal with 2:42 remaining.
The loss drops the Panthers to 1-10, the first time in coach John Fox's era he's had double-digit losses.
-- Darin Gantt
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