Eye of the Panther

August 23, 2009 1:21 AM

"Wildcat" Sparks Dolphins Past Panthers 27-17

The wildcat formation has returned to the NFL scene and it helped spark the Miami Dolphins to a 27-17 preseason win over the Panthers on Saturday night at Miami's LandShark Stadium.

The wildcat formation (the Dolphins' version of the single wing offense) played a major role in Miami's surprising resurgence last season when they shocked everyone by winning the AFC East title over the heavily-favored New England Patriots, and the Dolphins broke out the formation again on Saturday against Carolina, burning the Panthers in the air and on the ground with it.

Miami quarterback Chad Pennington played well, completing 8 of 11 passes for 105 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Brown and a 35-yard pass completion to Patrick Cobbs out of the wildcat.

Jake Delhomme completed 5 of 7 passes for 47 yards for Carolina, while Panthers' running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for 40 yards on eight carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run.

Steve Smith, Carolina's star wide-receiver, did not play in the game.

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