Wrap-up: Panthers 23, 49ers 20

A few thoughts on the Carolina Panthers, 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

What it means: Although the Buffalo Bills remain a legitimate threat, scratch the Panthers from the list of candidates to join the 2008 Detroit Lions at 0-16. The victory came against a horrible San Francisco team and it’s not really going to change things for a team that’s destined for a coaching change and major personnel moves in the offseason. But, at least for a day, fans can enjoy a win and there might be a few smiles inside the Panthers’ offices and locker room.

Irony of the week: Back in 2007, coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney went out and signed quarterback David Carr. That season, he came in and played so badly that Fox and Hurney developed twitches that surfaced every time you mentioned Carr’s name. Finally, that can stop because Fox and Hurney finally got something out of Carr. Now a backup in San Francisco, Carr was forced to enter the game after starter Alex Smith was injured. Throwing into double coverage with just over a minute left, Carr was intercepted by cornerback Richard Marshall. That set up John Kasay’s game-winning field goal.

What’s next: The Panthers travel to St. Louis next Sunday. I’m not going to get carried away, but a two-game winning streak is not out of the question.