Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis’ second-quarter interception of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was a product of what the defense had been working on all week.
“It was something that we worked on all week – sell the blitz and get back in coverage,” Davis said. “Drew Brees never saw me I don’t think and I was able to come away with a huge interception and ended up setting up a scoring drive for our offense.”
Before the snap, Davis set up as a down lineman. As the ball was snapped, Davis, a former safety at Georgia and in his early years at Carolina, backpedaled into coverage. He made a leaping interception on a pass intended for Kenny Stills.
“We saw some things on tape that we thought we could use Thomas’ strengths,” defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. “He rushes well, he drops (into coverage) well and he just made a great play. I’m not sure if Brees saw him or not but credit Thomas. It’s one thing to be there, it’s another to make the play and that was a huge, huge play for us.”
On the ensuing play, DeAngelo Williams rushed for a 43-yard touchdown, giving Carolina its first lead of the game. The Panthers won 17-13.
Davis has a career-high in tackles (143), sacks (four), interceptions (two) and passes defensed (eight) this season.
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