CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 2009 football season might as well be an eternity ago for Thomas Davis.
It was the first of many frustrating years for Davis, beginning a trend that many around the Carolina Panthers organization didnt think would end positively for the well-liked and respected linebacker out of Georgia
But when Matt Ryans pass that was intended for wide receiver Roddy White fell into Davis hands with 6:19 remaining Sunday and the Panthers owning a 10-point lead, suddenly all Davis had been through was magnified.
Here were the Panthers in the midst of one of the franchises most frustrating seasons, perhaps in the process of blowing a 23-0 lead to an Atlanta Falcons team they admittedly despise, and seemingly nothing in Ryans way to prevent the ultimate disaster for the home team. But Davis made a play. He made the kind of play that once marked him as one of the better linebackers in the NFL.
And it was a play that may have saved the game for the Panthers in their 30-20 vic...