STILL PERFECT! Carolina beats Dallas, 33-14, to get to 11-0. Panthers have 6 double-digit wins this yr, most in NFL. pic.twitter.com/sihgrU3faM— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 27, 2015
Tony Romo - returning from injury - was supposed to be a difference maker for the Cowboys in today's showdown with the perfect Panthers and boy howdy was he ever.
Singing 🎶🎶 'how many losses do we have zero...what's our record 11-0' 🎶🎶 pic.twitter.com/WEmZbzru5N— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) November 27, 2015
Three times in the first half Romo gifted Carolina with terrible interceptions - throws so curious and so giftwrapped, they probably came with cute little Pinterest worthy notecards. The Panthers for their part wasted no time returning them for cash money.
First Kurt Coleman and then Luke Kuechly dashed back into the end zone for crowd crippling defensive scores. Notably, instead of trying to track down Coleman on the first return, Dallas' star WR Dez Bryant instead chose to stand and jawjack with Josh Norman, who held him to zero first half catches.
Cam hamming for NFL Films pic.twitter.com/mfYRse02oR— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) November 27, 2015
Kuechly's second pick (which included Kurt Coleman decimating the intended receiver, Jason Witten) was converted into a first half ending FG that made it 23-3. Not bad for a half with no offensive touchdowns.
Later in the game, Romo went down with an injury to the same left collarbone that sidelined him for all seven games of a losing streak that damaged the playoff hopes for the defending NFC East champion Cowboys (3-8).
Josh Norman was a man on fire after the game - calling out all doubters, calling out Dez Bryant, calling out basically anyone who dares disbelieve in this team. Everyone else said it in far less pointed terms, but the sentiment was clear. Don't believe in us if you want. Your turn will come.
Norman on Dez. 'He just shouldn't start. The stuff he said was outrageous. I went to a dark place. I went Dark Knight on him.'— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) November 27, 2015
The Panthers have now won on Sunday night, on Monday Night, and now, on a Thanksgiving Thursday. The football populace has been put on notice. The scary thing? They're getting better every week.