Panthers 26, Vikings 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Presented with an opportunity to get back into the race for the best record in the NFC, Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings fell flat with another Sunday night dud.

Steve Smith caught the go-ahead touchdown pass and his long catch and run set up the clinching score as Carolina used a ferocious defense to stifle Favre, Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings

In his third start for the injured Jake Delhomme, Carolina's Mike Moore threw three touchdown passes.

Minnesota 0 7 0 0 – 7

Carolina 0 6 0 20 – 26

Second quarter

Car–Hoover 1 pass from M.Moore (kick blocked), 10:55.

Min–Peterson 4 run (Longwell kick), 5:01.

Fourth quarter

Car–Smith 42 pass from M.Moore (pass failed), 14:49.

Car–Stewart 3 run (Kasay kick), 9:18.

Car–Stewart 2 pass from M.Moore (Kasay kick), 3:07.

A: 73,515.

Min   Car

First downs 10   23

Total Net Yards 237   397

Rushes-yards 14-41   40-124

Passing 196   273

Punt Returns 4-58   3-8

Kickoff Returns 4-52   2-38

Interceptions Ret. 0-0   1-0

Comp-Att-Int 17-27-1   21-33-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 4-28   2-26

Punts 8-46.6   7-41.1

Fumbles-Lost 1-1   3-0

Penalties-Yards 5-45   6-49

Time of Possession 22:01   37:59

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Minnesota, Peterson 12-35, Taylor 2-6. Carolina, Stewart 25-109, D.Williams 6-13, Sutton 2-9, Hoover 1-1, M.Moore 5-(minus 2), Smith 1-(minus 6).

Passing: Minnesota, Favre 17-27-1-224. Carolina, M.Moore 21-33-0-299.

Receiving: Minnesota, Rice 4-69, Peterson 3-73, Berrian 3-25, Shiancoe 3-24, Kleinsasser 2-16, Harvin 1-10, Taylor 1-7. Carolina, Smith 9-157, King 3-17, Muhammad 2-29, Stewart 2-14, Barnidge 1-55, Sutton 1-12, Rosario 1-11, D.Williams 1-3, Hoover 1-1.

Missed Field Goals: Minnesota, Longwell 39.