Playing in his first game since 2002, Chris Weinke threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 32 seconds left to give Carolina a victory in Detroit.
Weinke relieved Jake Delhomme, who was knocked out of the game on the game-winning drive when he escaped a sack, ran up field, slid and was hit hard by S Kenoy Kennedy. The backup quarterback took over at midfield with 2 minutes 56 seconds left and calmly led the Panthers downfield. He connected with Proehl one play after the wide receiver dropped the ball in the end zone. Weinke completed 5 of 7 passes for 47 yards.
"I knew right when [Delhomme] got hit that he was going to be dazed," Weinke said. "I didn't have time to think about it. I had been standing around all day. I just had to get loose. I was excited.
Detroit got the ball back with 24 seconds left, but couldn't complete a pass.
Delhomme was 15 of 25 for 236 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. Carolina Coach John Fox said Delhomme was "shaken up" by Kennedy's hit, which drew a penalty.
Lions QB Joey Harrington, who was booed constantly, finished 17 of 28 for 201 yards with an interception and two fumbles.