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Steve Smith ran the wrong route on Delhomme pick-six

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By Eric Edholm

Just got a text back from Steve Smith after the Panthers' 21-7 loss at Dallas Monday night, and he confirmed that he broke off his route too soon on the pass that was intercepted by Terence Newman and run back for the game-clinching touchdown.

Smith was supposed to run a slant route, as it appeared, against the Cowboys' cover-6 defense. In a cover-6, or quarter-quarter-half defense, a cornerback and free safety cover deep quarters on one side of the field while the strong safety covers the far half.

The other corner — in this case, Newman — covers the wide receiver on the weak side (Smith) in straight man. It's a good defense to use against a No. 1 threat when you are not worried about other deep threats.

It looked like Smith could have made a play on the ball, maybe catch it, if he kept going on his slant route. Appeared as if he had a step on Newman initially.

Not all of these interceptions are Jake Delhomme's fault.

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